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The topic seemed very personal to the author, to which she does state that she would not be the same without the music education she received.
Despite how personal the topic is to her, she still uses various studies to support her views on just how beneficial music education can be and argues the positive aspects of its effects on students.
For example, if you had a student that has a passion for football, then give that same student a choice between playing football and playing music, I think it’d be fair to say that football would be the choice for that student.
Cercone needs to consider this before overstressing the proposed damage to a student’s education due to the possibility of music being removed from the budget.
I agree that music education has benefits and even believe that listening to music alone can be mood changing, but Cercone does not acknowledge that these same benefits can also be reached through other structured extracurricular activities.
When she incorporates the research from the 1991 UCLA Humanities Program, saying that “students with art-focused curriculums reported significantly more positive perceptions about their academic abilities”, the information actually weakened her argument because “art-based curriculum” does not necessarily point to music education alone.
California has been cutting many programs, of different types from their budget for some time now.
Music education is now one of those programs being threatened to be removed from California's public schools, as part of these cuts.
Though she makes great points, and most of what she argues is true, her views are very one-sided and so personal to her that she actually loses sight of other possible views on the matter.
Cercone exaggerates how devastating it would actually be, if music programs were cut from public schools.