Thank goodness we have music in the public schools! Participating in musical ensembles forces kids to interact socially, helps them to make an emotional connections with a series of inky dots, and then pass that emotion on to their fellow musicians and then eventually to an audience. The study of music uses higher level thinking every day, and as music teachers we use 21st century skills all the time (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creating) and I use cooperative learning and interdisciplinary learning all the time.
Music teaches all the things we want our kids to do to be successful in life. It prepares them to be career or college ready when they are done with high school and how to be good citizens. It also shows them what it means to be a human being and to interact with the world around them. It allows them to plug into LIFE, not a machine. (Dusty Molyneaux)