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Thesis Statement: Specifically, I will enlighten you on the following three areas: (1) the public opinion towards music education, (2) the benefits of music education, and (3) the increasing need for music education.

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James K Barath Thesis Statement: Specifically, I will enlighten you on the following three areas: (1) the public opinion towards music education, (2) the benefits of music education, and (3) the increasing need for music education. INTRODUCTION I. What do companies like: GAP, HBO, AT&T, Toyota, Sony Music, and Nabisco, just to name a few, have in common? ...They are all contributors and supporters of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. II. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit initiative with two primary missions: (Slide) A) To restore music education programs in America's public schools. 1. Purchase new musical instruments to restore music education programs that had been cut due to budget reductions in the past or to save programs at risk of elimination due to the lack of instruments. 2. More than 90% of every dollar marked for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation finds its way into a child's hand in the form of a musical instrument. 3. Since its inception in 1997, VH1 Save The Music has donated more than $10 million worth of musical instruments to 530 public schools in 40 cities, improving the lives of more than 200,000 children. ...read more.

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Or, does anybody really care? I. According to a Gallup Survey done in 1998 on American's attitudes toward music... (Slide) A) 88% feel all schools should offer instrumental music as part of regular curriculum. B) 89% believe music helps a child's overall intellectual development. C) 93% agree music is part of a well-rounded education. If Americans truly believe that music is part of a well-rounded education and that communities should provide the financial resources to support these programs in schools...is this belief solely based on logic, tradition, and personal observation or is there any scientific evidence that can verify the benefits of music education? II. Recently, the startling results of a number of scientific studies are building a mountain of evidence that music instruction is not only inherently worthy, but that it helps young minds grow and flourish. A) Psychologist Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin and physicist Dr. Gordon Shaw of the University of California both reported: spatial-temporal IQs, which is the ability to comprehend ratios, fractions, proportions, and thinking in space and time, of children who received music training were 35% higher than children who did not study music. ...read more.

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III. Music education programs have eroded in many cities and communities across the country. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, 1998, declared the following... A) Nearly one American school in five fails to offer music or art classes - even once a week -according to an Education Department study. B) Many schools, especially those in cash-strapped big-city districts, have had to cut back spending on arts classes as their tax bases have shrunk, and as spending on areas like computers and special education have taken up larger parts of their budgets. C) Even at schools where the courses are offered, not everyone takes part. For example, only one in four eighth graders reported being asked to sing or play a music instrument at least once a week. CONCLUSION To briefly summarize, I hope that I have offered some insight into: (1) the public opinion towards music education, (2) the benefits of music education, and (3) the increasing need for music education. In conclusion, I ask all of you to support the efforts of VH1 Save The Music Foundation by either: (Slide) (1) Donation of time, (2) Donation of an instrument, (3) Donation of money, and / or (4) Voicing your opinion to Congress. Thank you for your time and your undivided attention. ...read more.

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