Argumentative Essay About Art Education

Does your school offer classes in music, drama, dance or the visual arts? What experiences have you had with arts classes yourself, whether in or outside of school? How important do you think arts education is for students in general? Why?

Chloe Veltman writes about youth choirs, which are flourishing in San Francisco despite the cuts in school music education, in “In the ‘Glee’ Era, Youth Choruses Pop Up All Over” :

…young people’s choirs are flourishing in the Bay Area. Thanks to the commitment of talented choral directors — and the popularity of TV shows like “Glee” — youth choirs in the region are in a golden era.

There are about 40 independent children’s vocal ensembles in the region, and many are earning wide recognition for the complexity and variety of their output and the creativity of their collaborations.

…The reasons for the growth can be explained in part by the decline of music education in public schools. Plus there’s the “Glee” factor. According to a recent poll by the National Association for Music Education, nearly half of the music teachers surveyed reported that “Glee” had increased interest in their offerings.

The most acclaimed Bay Area youth choruses, whose after-school programs range from around $600 to $1,850 a year in student fees depending on the organization (scholarships are available), are striving to mitigate the budget cuts in music education and serve the surge in interest in singing prompted by pop culture.

Students: Tell us about your experience with courses in music, visual arts, drama or dance. How do you think exposure to the arts has affected you? How important do you think arts education is for students in general? Why?

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Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.

  • Helps students express themselves

    They are able to be creative in their own way. Not all students are able to do sports, either they have an injury or are just not able to participate because of their parents work or they don't want them to. Students can express themselves in other ways than in sports. May be able to let energy out if they needed to. Music can make students use their brain more using hand-eye coordination. Sometimes you might get a break with their school curriculum.

  • Art Clubs are good for kids

    Art clubs help kids express themselves in way in ways they cannot without things like a pencil or music. If kid can't express themselves they could become depressed and horrible things could happen to them and the people that are close to them. Also kids need to make friends with the same interests as them, and joining art clubs that they are interested in they will meet others with those same interests.

  • It's a waste of time

    Because music is boring and it's a waste of time and energy. So we should not have music class. Music needs to be gone because we need more time for other classes. Music class takes a way time for other classes like math. I don't think it is important to school and collages.

  • Yes they should be allowed

    The arts help students learn more faster, and it helps children have more focus. And if students are not good, at sports and things like that, they could be good at that. Students can make more friends, by doing the arts in school. The arts also help students express themselves.

  • It helps succeed in high school

    If you take art or music it allows the brain to adapt. By that I mean it physically helps you, it also gives you an opportunity to create beautiful things. Scientists have proved it helps have higher standardized test scores in Math and in English. People who also stay in art or music are more likely not to drop out as well. All in all fine arts is an amazing thing and should be apart of everyone's life.

  • Music and Art should be provided in all schools!

    I believe that the activities music, and art should be provided in all schools because it allows kids to express their ideas! I think that is something that all kids should get an opportunity to do. These programs can also help children realize a talent that they didn't even know that thew had!

  • It helps students and can be enjoyable

    It helps excel the brains and test scores of all students. Studies so that students did better with all year round music lesson. It teaches kids how to expand their skills. Younger children have faster language development (ages 2-9). It increases IQ and makes the brain work harder. It is also and has never been a waste of time.

  • It is needed

    Being able to have music and art in school life is very important for kids and needs to be enforced. It is a phenomenal way to express who they are and what they can do, especially if they don't participate in sports or any other extra-carricular activities. It is needed.

  • They should provide it because it is proven to help kids learn in other subjects.

    Art helps kids sit back, let go, and let their imagination fly. That can lead to kids pay more attention, and not be disruptive because they have built up all this tired feeling, and needs to let it go, and art class is a good place for it. Art class is very interesting and it is important that at some point in the day, kids are excited to do something.

  • Music should stay!!!!!!

    Kids that participate in music programs get higher on test scores.
    Music makes kids smarter. When you play an instrument you have to memorize the note names and fingerings. Music also lets kids express themselves when they're sad, depressed, angry or stressed. You can't express yourself in math or English. Music is one of the only fun ways to learn and have fun. Once you learn music, it stays with you so if schools stayed with music, kids would get smarter and happier

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