Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.
No longer able to provide all the "perks" of a liberal arts education, our public schools are abandoning arts education, starting with music. Music is expensive (instruments aren't free). Music is non-essential (they can listen at home, right?). And most of all, music isn't on "the test" to which we teach.