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MacPhail Argues that Honoring Prince Means Supporting Music Education

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Apr 29, 2016

Speaking on KARE 11 news in Minnesota, Paul Babcock, president and COO of MacPhail Center for Music, argues that the best way to honor the memory of pop legend Prince is to support vibrant music education. 

“From 2000 to 2010…30% of the music educator positions in Minnesota were cut,” Babcock notes. This is occurring despite the multitude of evidence suggesting that a strong music education improves brain development and overall skill building. In some of the recent articles on Prince, Babcock says, they talk about his “formative years in elementary schools, and if he wouldn't have been given that opportunity, he never would have developed into the musician he became.”

Asked why, given the importance of music to human development, it is often sidelined in school curricula, Babcock suggests that “somewhere along the line it has become more of a fringe opportunity.”

Ultimately, he suggests that without a strong public commitment to the arts and arts education we may be missing out on another Prince in the future.

Read more and watch the video here.
 

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