America Arts for All examines the student benefits of being involved in the Central Music Academy, a program that provides free music lessons to students on free or reduced lunch. Some of the benefits their program specifically realizes are higher graduation and college entry rates as well as higher interest in and knowledge of music in comparison to their general public school peers. Low-income students are significantly under-represented in music programs across the nation because they cannot afford instruments or program fees or because they feel that they cannot compete with their more socioeconomically privileged peers. Examination of the student benefits of Central Music Academy provides ample evidence in favor of involving students in music who might otherwise be unable to participate.
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Amos, Sydney L., "America Arts for All: Promoting Musical Opportunity and Equity for Socioeconomically Challenged Students" (2021). Honors Theses. 860.