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In the previous weeks, we learned what genres make up the visual and performing arts, and we took time to explore the basics of these distinct art forms. In this final week, we will bring that information together as we make the case for arts as an important component of the primary and secondary educational experience, as well as the importance of the arts for the average American adult.
Think back to your own arts education as a child. You might have taken basic music and art classes in elementary school, or more structured ensemble groups like orchestra, band, choir, and theater. Maybe you took art classes at a community center.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
What art classes or experiences did you have growing up?
How did these experiences shape your educational experience?
In what ways did these experiences shape the way you viewed the world as a child and now as an adult?
If you never had any of these experiences growing up, what types of music and/or art classes would you like to take as an adult and why?
End your response with a thought-provoking question on the topic under discussion.