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Lack of Music in Schools Causes Poor Attendan

By Gwen C.
Washington, Age 14

Lack of Music in Schools Causes Poor Attendance
By: Gwen
Imagine you were first beginning a class that you already were beginning to love. Would you want to quit the class? Would you like it if the class got cut from lack of funding? Little do you know that many music programs all over the country are being cut from schools. “Schools with music programs had an attendance rate of approximately 93.3 percent while those lacking have 84.9 percent” . Would you like it to affect student’s going to school?
Music programs being cut are leading to teachers without job, and students with having to choose a different elective that they probably won’t like too much. “Music is a part of human nature. We must allow children to embrace and explore music in our school.”. So music isn’t just something fun it is part of human nature. Now not only has music also been here for hundreds of years, but now lack of funding is threatening music; “our way of nature.” Also wouldn’t it be good to give a student a chance at least to try something new such as music? Especially in their own school?

Now have you ever sung in the car or the shower, anywhere really? How did you feel when you sang? Happy? Excited? Maybe even sad? Did it feel good to sing? Music brings out anyone’s emotions, and usually makes a person feel good. Now what if you couldn’t sing as much anymore? Would you feel bad? Plenty of students also feel this way when their music class gets cut from their school, Also “according to statistics students classified as “disruptive” (based on things such as skipping classes, school suspensions, disciplinary reasons, given arrests, and drop-outs) total 12. From 8.08 percent of those students involved in music education follow the same criteria as “disruptive”” (NELS:88,1). In which case if a student is in a music education class they are less likely to cause trouble in, and out of school. In which I would agree, because it is also proven the more students are involved the less likely they will get into trouble.
“Students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest use of substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs)”(Texas Commission, 1). There are many befits of a student joining band, or other music programs. Not only is it fun, and a good experience to have, but it lowers likeliness of getting peer pressured into terrible things such as drugs. Not only that, but also “the college board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic subjects to study in order to succeed in college”(Academic Preparation for College, 1). There are so many different benefits for joining music programs that help the student
now, and for in the future for college.
Imagine you were first beginning a class that you already were beginning to love. Would you want to quit the class? Would you like it if the class got cut from lack of funding? I really doubt it. Now how do you think another student who’s been in a band, choir, or orchestra class for years, and it got cut from lack of funding, and it was their passion. How do you think they’d feel?