Vega Productions is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization on a mission to enhance music & art education for children in public schools
What would life be like without music? We take so much of music and art for granted not considering how greatly it impacts our daily lives. Also, its value gets overlooked in our other pursuits in the world of work as well as our educational systems. Yet, without music and art, our world would be austere and empty. Music and art enriches a person’s life on a daily basis. Besides the enriching of life from which we all benefit, music and art plays a beneficial and vital role in the lives of young people. Two major areas are: First of all, it is a well established fact that student in music and arts do better in the other areas of educational pursuits such as in math and sciences. As stated by Paige & Huckabee: “To put it simply, we need to keep the arts in education because they instill in students the habits of mind that last a lifetime: critical analysis skills, the ability to deal with ambiguity and to solve problems, perseverance and a drive for excellence. Moreover, the creative skills children develop through the arts carry them toward new ideas, new experiences, and new challenges, not to mention personal satisfaction. This is the intrinsic value of the arts, and it cannot be overestimated “ (Paige, R. & Huckabee, M. “ Putting Arts Education Front and Center.” Education Week [2005} Issue 20, Volume 24: 40, 52) Secondly, not only is music and arts important academically for young people, but music and art can also play a vital role and serve as an avenue of expression in the emotional development of young people. Music and art can be the saving grace for a young person as the struggle through their youthful years towards maturity. Of 26,000 eighth graders studied, 77.9% of those intensively involved in arts went on to attend postsecondary schools, compared to 63% of those with negligible arts involvement. (Catterall, James; Professor of Education, UCLA  ). Today’s young people will become our future creators and performers of artistic expression. This, however, is not possible if our budding artists do not have the means to explore their creativeness or have the outlet of expression in their maturing process. That will be lost, not just in the lives of these budding artists, but what they can offer for our whole society. Besides the fact that many families are struggling these days to meet basic living needs and cannot afford music instruments, lessons, or other art materials, our current public educational economic state of affairs is one that is forcing schools to curtail or reduce their music and arts programs. It gravely impacts many young people lives, from exploring their artistic talents and abilities to increased academic performance to emotional development.