Victoria Folks Posted about 3 years ago Are the arts (music, dance, visual art, etc.) as important to teach in public schools as mathematics and sciences? Yes, they should. There are valuable skills that lie within creativity, whether its in music, art, writing, dance, etc. There was a study done that showed a creative peak which children reach around the age of 7-9. After this age, their creativity tended to plateau. Its not about simply learning to draw or play the piano, its about creative literacy. If a child doesn't learn that art is a form of expression they may lose out on a valuable tool that could help them to express their feelings in a healthy way. Children need to become comfortable with creative expression at a young age, otherwise they may become self-conscious, or lose the imaginitive drive that they had at a younger age. By encouraging creative literacy, children will learn to be more expressive, being more expressive makes us compassionate, and being compassionate makes you a better human being. As a musician who grew up competing and performing at all levels, I've learned first hand the benefit of the arts, versus the benefit of creativity. There were certain creative skills that I never practiced, I always hoped that through study I would find my creativity, but its really something that has to be nurtured like any other type of knowledge. There are certain things that I will probably never do, because no one let me be creative at the time when I was open to being impulsive and creative. Although I am still able to express myself through music, I often wonder how much I could be holding back, without the freedom of expression that I had envisioned.