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Music plays an essential role in the education of all students. Music is a unique language
for expression… Music is intellectually stimulating and challenging… Music is part of
every culture, and its place in each culture is significant.
—from California’s Visual and Performing Arts Framework

Music is basic in the learning experience for all students in the elementary and secondary schools of California. A balanced and comprehensive education program requires that music be included as a discrete discipline in the visual and performing arts curriculum. California is rich in cultural diversity with a population that represents all regions of the world. Strong music education programs contribute significantly to the development of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this society in which we live. Effective music instruction is organized to respond to this need and must meet this challenge.