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U. City Muscian Documentary Project Discussions > Is Music an Important Part of Education

Whether or not you played a musical instrument/sang/performed or not in elementary through high school, do you feel that music education should be a built-in part of education...whether or not there is a financial cost associated with it that may strain other resources for a school district?

June 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterMilamNYC Productions

Heck yeah--and not just because it seems like a cool thing to do. Music education is just as important as any other academic subject. There is tons of research that shows that students who are exposed to music classes do better in all subjects, especially math. I myself undertook a small scale study for a class project which indicated that schools in NYC that reported having a full complement of arts programming generally received higher overall letter grade ratings--this research was based on published empirical data that is publicly available on the web. The financial investment of hiring a full time music teacher, buying instruments, scores, equipment, etc, will pay off handsomely in both tangible and intangible ways, well into the future. There have also been many studies done about the economic benefits of communities that invest in the arts. Music is an essential part of a healthy culture.

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarry Miller