Art, music, dance, theater—so many genres of performing arts. A child on stage at their first recital, playing their instrument. So nervous, yet so confident. As I think about that child, I think about my own experiences, my own love of the arts. I have been involved in performing arts programs my entire academic career. I knew that music was my passion for as long as I can remember.  As I sit and think about how music has molded me as the strong, confident woman I am today, I often think what would life have been like for me without these performing arts programs. Without this introduction into this world of possibility, who knows where my life would have ended up.

Unfortunately, many schools in Southeastern Michigan are beginning to drop performing arts programs from the academic curriculum. I want to persuade the school’s Board of Education that these programs are not only neccessary, but helps make the child into a well-rounded individual. By implementing and providing performing arts programs early in someone’s life, it can increase their appreciation for the things around them that mold them into the person they become. If more students are given the opportunity to experience performing arts, they will grow up to be smart, savvy, functioning members of society.

Performing arts builds character as well as confidence in a student. It teaches them to not discriminate against a person, whether it is race, or religion. It opens students minds to think outside of the box, and to be more in touch with their creative side. These programs are detremental in the education of students, because not every student is the same. Many students are more creative and visual learners. These students learn differently than others and need some way to make learning more fun, relatable, and interesting. Performing arts programs do just that. They make it so that students can broaden their horizons and ultimately be the best that they can be.

Besides building confidence, performing arts programs can have a positive impact on the community. 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. This helps the child to see things through a different lens. It is statistically proven that children who experience music education become well-rounded, upstanding citizens who attend college or some sort of schooling after high school graduation. This helps to make more positive role models in the community and better citizens.

Schools in the region complain about the amount of money it costs to implement these programs, but spend so much on athletics. They don’t realize that every student is not athletic, and that these programs have so much positivity and can have a stong impact on the child. Perfoming arts programs are just as important, if not more imporatant, than that of an athletic program. School officials can not deny the facts, these programs are strenthening children academically, socially, mentally, and even spiritually.

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