"Studying music and the arts elevates children's education, expands students' horizons, and teaches them to appreciate the wonder of life... If we can develop strong music education programs in schools all over the country, good things will happen. Our schools will be stronger. Our children will be smarter. Our nation will be greater. And our lives will be filled with music."
Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education, in a speech to the National Assembly of MENC