During an interview with Mrs. Thomas, a guitar teacher at TVHS, she stated “ I’ve seen kids who struggle socially and academically flourish because they have learned to work hard and with others”. Art programs help kids or young adults to express themselves and it helps teach them valuable lessons that aren't taught in core classes.
For example, In math you have five minutes or so to complete a problem while some students will only take a minute to complete it while others might take six or so. On the other hand, in music and other arts such as dancing you can't do that. Art programs teach people how to work together; everyone has to be on the same page at the same time. Every note you play, every beat you hit, every rhythm you dance to takes precision and accuracy, creating teamwork and building responsibility, since everyone in your group is relying on you to be on the same page. Students are acquiring crucial skills in art programs that are then carried over into their core classes improving grades and test scores such as ACT and SAT scores. Art programs also help students “retain an interest in school if they enjoy themselves” (McFall, Sally, and Aruna Vasudeva. Arts and Culture. Vol 12. Danbury, CT: Grolier, 2003. Print.)
Since musicians use both parts of their brains, studies show that they have an increasingly larger portion of the brain known as the "Corpus Callosum" which connects both parts of the brain. This enlargement of the brain does not occur during many other daily tasks that do not include artistic endeavors.
Mrs. Thomas also stated “[...] culture these days includes how to make things easier and finding short cuts, this lifestyle doesn't make a successful career, or personal life”. We as americans are losing our culture to things we find more important such as using material objects in order to impress...