While we have the rare opportunity to make arts education shine brighter than ever, we have a long road ahead of us. The arts have been whittled away at in public schools for over two generations, especially in urban areas deeply affected by budget cuts. As a result, we've created an entire generation that is artistically illiterate.
It was 2003 when I enrolled into the University of Arizona School of Music when I first began pursuing my career as a musician and artist. This also was a time in where the digital age was on the rise in it's earlier stages, which impacted the music industry at large on a catastrophic financial level.
The value of incorporating music into a child's education cannot be understated. There is a heap of incontestable research showing that an education rich in music improves students' cognitive function and academic performance. Simply put, children learn better when music is part of their school curriculum.