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Plato once said that “music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything”. This quote is the epitome of how I feel about music and performing arts. Personally, being involved in music programs throughout my academic career has helped to mold me into the woman I am today. I want to encourage schools in southeastern Michigan to keep the performing arts programs in their curriculums. Here are the top 5 reasons that I think they should do just that.

Academic Achievement:

Not everyone is a cut and dry learner. Some use their imaginations and visions to help them succeed in their lives. For these type of children, they may want to express themselves by showing their talent. By keeping performing arts in the schools, it can help a child like this better academically. It gives the child the opportunity to focus more and be confident in their grades and work ethic. 

Social and Emotional Development:

As we all know, middle school is a very awkward stage in a child’s life. There are many factors that can make a child feel alone, and, maybe even different than other children. Performing arts programs can build connectedness with people who share the same interest. It helps the child build lifelong friendships and relationships through their talents. It also teaches confidence and belief in themselves. 

Civic Engagement:

Some may not realize it, but performing arts programs can help a child be a better person in their community. Studies shows that performing arts students are more likely to volunteer in their communities rather than non performing arts students. Children in these programs are also given more opportunities to visit art museums, operas, theaters, and other places that appreciate the arts.

Equitable Opportunity:

Being involved in in performing arts programs helps to prepare students to be creative and successful individuals in the global community by ensuring an equitable opportunity. Students are introduced to a variety of different things in these programs, such as dance, music, theater, and visual arts. It helps to make the student very well-rounded, which is a great asset to have as an adult. It keeps the student more open-minded to the many differences in this world, and gives the student the opportunity to be more acceptable to these differences.

True Prosperity:

The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. They help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. These values are instilled in the child at a young age and stays with them forever. 

In conclusion, there are many reasons why schools should continue performing arts in the curriculum. These programs help to mold the child into a well-rounded individual, by opening doors to many opportunities that they would otherwise not have. It also keeps the child open-minded and willing to try more things, like visiting museums and dance theaters. It serves as a positive reinforcer as well as stimulate the child’s mind, body, and soul. There aren’t many negative reasons as to why these programs shouldn’t exist in schools, and even Plato said it best, music is a moral law.

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