The Debate Over How And Why The Arts Should Be Presented

1326 WordsFeb 5, 20166 Pages
As with many states, cities, and public school systems, there is constantly a debate over how and why the arts should be presented in schools. Olivia Cercone takes her stand with this essay concerning Music Education in California public schools by clearly stating her thesis at the end of her first paragraph. As we know from our reading, a clear and unified thesis or argument drives an essay and reappears throughout while consistently reminding the audience why they are reading (McAlpin 77- 80). Cercone completes this step with a concise statement that is easily identified as the focus of the essay. Overall, Cercone successfully persuades and grasps the attention of the people who already have music in their lives and perceive it as…show more content…
Cercone goes into detail on how studies have shown that music classes benefit a child’s learning process, test scores, and other areas of academic study. These support her argument and are all facts that her readers cannot properly disagree with. Cercone discusses how attitude and academics depend on one another to enhance a student’s learning and she goes one step further in explaining how this goes on in the music classroom, strengthening her thesis. The set of studies that work against Cercone are the ones that mention “arts-based programs” or “arts-focused curriculums” (Cercone). Both of these studies did not focus solely on music, therefore, present a vague argument on Cercone’s part. The higher outcomes could have resulted from any of the other arts such as dance, theatre, etc. It is not valid to just assume that music played a large role in these studies. Did the music programs contribute to the study? Yes, but unless it was just a music-based program or curriculum there is no way of knowing for sure how much it impacted students. While Cercone discusses the benefits of having music education in society, she briefly addresses a counterargument on how there is no direct connection seen by most people. This not only enhances her reasoning skills but also her credibility as a writer and advocate of music education. She realizes that there is a valid argument opposing her views and understands that her position is to persuade that her views are significant too. In
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