The fine arts incorporate the study of music to offer unique experiences and empower students to explore realities, relationships, and ideas. This discipline engages and motivates all students through active learning, critical thinking, and innovative problem solving. The fine arts develop cognitive functioning and increase student academic achievement, higher-order thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, making the fine arts applicable to college readiness, career opportunities, workplace environments, social skills, and everyday life. Students develop aesthetic and cultural awareness through exploration, leading to creative expression. Creativity, encouraged through the study of the fine arts, is essential to nurture and develop the whole child.
When students participate in choir and band not only are they learning notes on a page and how to harmonize with the singer next to them, they learn how to cooperate in groups, wait their turn and have higher cognitive learning skills.
Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board. Data from the College Board, Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Reports from 2011–2015 show that students who studied music/arts for four years score 10–12% higher than students who studied one-half year or less.