Advocacy for Music
Being an advocate for music in the schools is a very important thing to do as an educator, we need to make sure these expressive routes are there for children to make sure he or she can reach full potential. The information from the articles below may all sound the same, but it is because many people agree that the arts are something that need to be in children's lives.

6 Reasons Why the Arts Matter
1. It boosts the self confidence of students who are behind in reading and math.external image 19753-Clipart-Graphic-Of-A-Group-Of-Three-Orange-People-With-Music-Note-Heads-Listening-To-Headphones-Over-A-Music-Staff.jpg
2. Helps middle class children who have been babied by overprotective parents.
3. The mind can acquire more knowledge with arts involved.
4. Provide youth with loyalty.
5. Allow children to work in a cooperative group
6. Allows children to express themselves

From: http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail.aspx?id=21740

Art's Impact on the Brain
-When a child wants to give up on school, usually around the fourth grade it is because of academic areas such as reading and math. If the arts are involved, a child had a chance to express himself or herself, which will result in a better feeling of success
-The arts allow for creativity, which is not found in antonymous activities such as watching TV or browsing the internet
-Allows children to express himself or herself through mind expression versus vocal expression
-Permits children to create things for others to see and create things that have beauty
-Promotes teamwork, which will be used throughout a persons entire life
-Allows children to express something in a way they may or may not have been able to otherwise

From:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/arts-education/willingham-six-practical-reaso.html
http://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-development

Benefits of Studying Music
-Success in society 
-Success in school and learning 
-Success in developing intelligence 
-Success in life

From:
http://www.menc.org/documents/temp/benefits_of_music.pdf


"Every student should have an education in the arts!"-MENC