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Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

We respectfully urge you to protect school music by making the programs a national policy priority. School music programs create a unique opportunity for children to directly engage in performing arts and have a chance to realize their potential through cultural enrichment and personal achievement. “A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.” - Robert E. Allen – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation

Opportunities to learn through music are diminishing as arts programs are being de-prioritized and de-funded across the country. Music is an integral part of education. Increased attention to standardized tests has shifted the focus away from the importance of the arts on brain development. We feel that music plays a vital role in increasing social skills, improving teamwork and developing a better work ethic for youth.

Music is a language that speaks to everyone and we urge you to protect it for future generations.

Signed,

Thomas Holt

This petition closed about 2 years ago

How this will help

Plato once said that music "is a more potent instrument than any other form of education". A recent study from the University of California supported the Greek philosopher's theory, demonstrating...

Plato once said that music "is a more potent instrument than any other form of education". A recent study from the University of California supported the Greek philosopher's theory, demonstrating that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children who received no special instruction.

Despite the proven power of music, looming cuts to the federal education budget are forcing schools across the nation to make tough decisions about program funding; sadly, many are opting to cut the arts, especially music.

These across-the-board spending cuts are set to take effect in January of 2013 – unless we pressure our elected officials to make school music programs a priority, our children may lose a critical part of their education forever!

As John Sykes, President of VH1, says: "music education is critical to the product development of this nation's most important resource – our children." Sign the petition today to protect school music programs!

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