@jankoekepan That's essentially the question I'm asking... is it off benefit? I think it has benefits, but are they the kind school should focus on? Middle school had a mandatory two years of band, two years of choir, and I don't think it did much for my desire to learn an instrument as an adult... but it did teach me to read music, which was an advantage.
@CarlCravens The neuropsychological studies strongly suggest that it is beneficial.
If the school is intended to strengthen the minds of children, then it is a plausible way of doing so, as part of a broad curriculum.
But is it the one with the best bang per buck? I haven's seen the budgets.
If I were to plan a curriculum for excellence, music would be in. If I were to plan a curriculum for adequacy, I'd tell people to do what they felt like, and do something else with my life.
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