Schools all across the country have been feeling the hit of a lack of funding in support of their art programs for many years now. This is especially the case in California, after a large number of schools have limited, and even discontinued many of their art programs, including music.
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is in full support of music education in schools, and thinks it’s vital for children to establish their creative impulses in their brains during their development years. Hawkins recently took part in a school event in Riverside, CA at Riverside Central Elementary School’s “Turnaround Arts Program.”
During the event, Hawkins emphasizes that a program such as this is “a breeding ground for success.” Truly, a must for any and all children as they continue on as they learn.
Hawkins also took part in a 10 minute drum solo with The Lovin’ Spoonfull’s drummer Mike Aturi. “It’s about following your passion and not trying to be famous,” Hawkins says.
A press release was released on behalf of the organization, stating, “Riverside saw a 43% decrease in suspensions, 69% decrease in behavior referrals, increase social-emotional learning through arts integration and artist residencies, increased community positive recognition through the arts, and staff turnover decreased. In its second year, Riverside has increased staffing dedicated to the arts, woven the arts as a foundational piece of the community schools initiative, worked with community partners to increase access to the arts, continued to focus on increasing social-emotional learning through the arts, and supported student-choice-based arts integration.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/