It would be hard to imagine a childhood without music, but sadly, because of budgetary restraints and a focus on standardized testing in the school systems, many districts are cutting arts programs from their curriculum. With the focus on preparing for successful careers with specific skills and the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), music education, especially, is becoming deemphasized.
Eliminating the arts in the array of subjects a child studies can be a big negative, as many researchers will attest. The recent inclusion of the arts as the “A’ in the more contemporary acronym, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), is an example of how many now see the arts as a necessary and complementary discipline to the sciences that helps develop a well-rounded, creative student.
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