Music Programs Takes A Back Seat To Math and Reading Curriculum

Music education has taken a hit in the era of No Child Left Behind, a federal law that focuses on math and reading: 16% of schools have cut back on art and music programs since 2003, says a report released in July by the non-profit Center on Education Policy.

Yet a Harris Interactive Poll of 2,565 adults being released today shows that 88% of those with postgraduate degrees and 83% of those with annual incomes of $150,000 or more had music education.

The findings don’t suggest a causal relationship. But in tandem with other research, “we can probably say that music education is a tool to not only get students to stay in school but to continue,” a Harris report says.

Source: USA Today

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