A co-worker, speaking of her daughter, once said: “It’s only band.” As in, “it’s not as important as <<insert name of sport. Any sport>>.”
I was livid. It’s that kind of attitude that’s behind funding cuts for arts in the public schools–funding cuts that that aren’t as deep when it comes to athletics. All students need outlets. Not every outlet is physical. Painting and composing are as important as knocking down another player.
Research indicates that music education:
- increases IQ
- improves spatial-temporal skills
- improves test scores
- helps develop language skills and reasoning
- increases hand-to-eye coordination and other motor skills
- pattern recognition
Band and chorus are as much a team activity as football or basketball…except no one ever suffered brain damage from playing a tuba or singing soprano.
Why shouldn’t the arts be funded as generously as athletics?