Nashville Arts Magazine recently spoke with Ben Folds, who has spent years advocating for music programs in public schools. Here is an excerpt from the interview:
NAM: What inspires your fight for music education?
BF: It’s the typical reason that any of us as musicians find ourselves into it—because we know the importance of it. For me, it provided so much more than a background in music. It was an extra set of tools for logic and reason—and having other kids that were into it. It was everything.
NAM: Why do you think that music education has drawn so much attention as a cause?
BF: On the whole, we know what the stats say about improvement of other scores, and a lot of us don’t want to see a major pillar of our education system cut off for very shortsighted reasons. And there are so many kids who can improve their math and their history and their social skills through music. Everything can be improved by having something they are successful at, like music. So that’s going to catch a certain kind of kid and save their life.
Read more at Nashville Arts Magazine.