Arts education in schools was once though a luxury. Only those most privileged and “most creative” studied art, music, and dance. Worse yet, schools often slash music and art classes due to budget cuts and staff reductions.
But why? Because schools favor standardized test preparation and the essentials of reading, writing, and mathematics. Not so fast!
Recent studies show that arts education is a bit more essential than once previously thought. A background and exposure to the arts are critical for developing well-rounded, prepared learners, and future leaders. Theory and research-backed claims that dance helps cement concepts of mathematics in the minds of students is forcing even the most resistant educator and administrator to take a look at what studying music does for the brain, the body, and also the soul of our students.