Today more than ever our school systems are at great risk of loosing precious opportunities in the arts. The majority of young people will not pursue arts as a career, but their exposure to be a part of arts creativity cannot be measured, and these opportunities should not be taken from the curriculum of any school. If music programs saw a small portion of the support that sports have we would not have anything to worry about.
I want my future children, if I have any, to have every possible option available, especially the great gift of expression through art of any type. Sports are important activities and possible careers, but so are music, painting, acting, dancing, etc...
Take a minute to check out this link: http://www.cso.org/main.taf?p=10,2,7,6
Chicago Symphony trumpeter, Tague Larsen from the Boston area followed his dream.
I grew up in a moderately poor family from the south. I had a great band program, but could not afford lessons. I practiced, practiced, and practiced some more. I'm following my dream, which is in no way lucrative, but I'm making it day by day. That piece of my heart that soars when I play the trumpet could never be replaced by my other academic type desires. I've tried to do other things, but that piece of my heart is too big. We all have a piece or our heart that must sing, whether for fun or for more, it must shine.
Our youth is stretched beyond belief with activities. Just make sure one of them allows expression through some form of art. You won't regret it.