Most of us born in the twentieth century, were able to get music education in public schools. School districts viewed the arts as an essential element in the life of a child. They knew it is through the arts that we develop feelings, empathy, kindness and discipline.
What happened to that understanding? In today's public schools, music education is a dinosaur. Only a select number have it, and where it is most needed, it is not there. Under-privileged children find that artistic need in video games--games where children learn to kill, mutilate bodies and see violence as normal.
Then we wonder...why is there so much violence, anger and hate in society today? Come on...I know music is not a cure-all, but it is one of the pieces that help give the puzzle identity.
Educational Arts Society is a small, non profit seeking to help fill the void public education has imposed on America's children by offering FREE music instruments and lessons to underprivileged children. However, foundations overlook small non profits...say they are not making a difference. We know they are, and will somehow continue to find funding to do so. Here are a few qualities that music provides to children. It:
When children contribute to society in a positive way, we all win!