Resurgence of the Arts
Throughout past years, when there have been budget cuts in schools, the first programs usually to get cut off from district money have been art related classes or programs. While people have generally protested against these budget cuts, there has never been much change or consideration. Now while the common core classes of math, science, history, and English will still prevail as priority, music will also be prioritized as a core subject. This change is why it was joyful news to many, when on the eve of the 108th birthday of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), a draft federal education policy recognized music as a core subject.
Early in 2015, NAfME organized music advocates to send more than 10,000 letters
to their lawmakers. Due to those letters, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 was achieved. The act still included the basic core academic subject section that was in the No Child Left Behind act, except it adds music as a core academic subject.
“[It is a] direct result of the incredible grassroots advocacy efforts of our members over the past few months,“ NAfME Assistant Executive Director Chris Woodside said.
Some reasons for wanting focus on music is because it is said to be beneficial in aiding the enhancement of brain function and developmental thinking processes. In addition, it helps with boosting creativity and relieving stress.
“Choir really helped me to be just a more well rounded person and think kind of outside the box. Instead of just very academically or very athletically. It kind of provided me with a new group of friends, some be opportunities, and some new ways of thinking about things,” choir teacher, William McLean said.
Music is also a way to be part of something, to be in a group with others that share the same interests would then in turn impress collaboration skills upon students.
“It gives [students] a really great outlet for expression and creativity and to be a part of something larger than just themselves walking through the ocean of students all the time,” Mclean said.