by Uriel Gigowski
In tough financial times for schools, the non-core classes are typically the first things to get cut. Classes in art, music, and other skills sometimes don’t fit the finances of what a school wants to spend its money on. However, these classes are extremely important and should never be cut. These are important foundations for many kids’ futures, and as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Fortunately Pittsford isn’t in danger of having to make these kinds of decisions.
Mr. Schulte’s bands just keep taking steps forward. The importance of music isn’t lost on our band instructor. “I think music is important because there are students that are out there that aren’t athletic; music is their version of the athletes job so it’s what they do. They’re part of a team that’s like-minded. It’s also really good for the brain; it helps with memory, it helps with motor skills, and it helps with math scores. It’s good for the soul, it enables creativity,” explains Mr. Schulte.
Art is another skill and outlet that allows talented, creative people a way to express themselves and further their education. “Other subjects are what you need to survive, but art is about the kinds of things you survive for. The things you’re going to put in your house, your home, the things you like to look at and listen to. All of that is art. It is so important; you will be able to appreciate things to make your life richer,” Mr. McDonough eloquently states.
Mr. Olson’s drama class put on another outstanding play this year, and being able to perform is something that teaches numerous skills people could use in the future. “It teaches me to be confident in front of a crowd; it also gives me a voice where I’m not scared to speak in front of others,” said sophomore Samantha Leggett.
Hopefully Pittsford won’t be put in too many dicey financial situations coming up, but if so, they’d be wise to understand that the arts aren’t just fluff that can be easily cut—they’re integral in educating the whole student, and students that have unique and diverse skills.