Students served well by the arts

Over the years as a music educator, the question that always surfaced was this: Does studying music make kids smarter or do smart kids study music?

I discovered early on that all kids have talent. For some, it is the reason they show up at school at all. For others, music can be their life-line to success, no matter what discipline they choose.

There is no other class in school that prepares a student for real-life than participating in a music ensemble.

Working together (rehearsing) to produce a positive result (concert performance) gives students of all abilities a sense of accomplishment.

It is not only the students who go on to become professional musicians who are the winners here. All students of all abilities are able to benefit by participating in the arts.

— Karen Olson, Golden Valley, Minnesota


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