The article “It turns out funding music education costs less than everyone thought” shows the results from a study which reports that it’s fairly economical to keep music education in schools if funding and cutting is balanced. However, the tendency is that school districts assess carefully the effects of cutting music education programs as it is sought to reduce expenditures or re-allocate funds away from the arts to tested subjects that are measured for accountability purposes.
Nevertheless, several studies have shown that music education decreases students’ involvement in delinquent behavior and improves their self-image and attitudes. Besides, there are some correlations between school music programs not only with lower dropout rates and higher school engagement but also with higher scores on standardized tests. Thus, music education is considered among the best investments we can make in our schools and for our children.