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Should our public schools make musical education a priority?

No, are you kidding? There's barely enough money for the basics. 21% 23 votes
Yes, music is fundamental to a good education. 78% 82 votes
105 total votes

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Musical education is underrated. I once read a study where reading & playing music helps develop the brain to recognize structure and sub-structure - important concepts in computer programming and science.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
March 6, 2012 at 12:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If there is money for dogs, there should be more than enough money for music.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
March 6, 2012 at 6:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Absolutely they should. As Stevie Wonder said in his 1977 hit Sir Duke "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand".

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2012 at 4:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Music education, not music appreciation, is particularly crucial for children today since they spend so much time staring at various screens. For the ancient Greeks, it was math, music, and Homer...Achilles played the lyre and sang with gusto, also Odysseus...remember the Studs Terkel book where he detailed that fact that men and boys often sang together before the 1050s/1960s? In S. Mithen's SINGING NEANDERTHALS book it is show that we likely hummed and chanted and tapped sticks long before true oral language [prose] began....! It is a crime what we're doing to arts and music education in the public schools. You would moan if you learned how much time is given over to active music playing and studio art in Bavarian public schools today.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
March 7, 2012 at 6:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Arts as a whole, Music, theatre, film, painting and photography.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
March 9, 2012 at 11:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

billclausen (anonymous profile)
March 14, 2012 at 1:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)