University of Louisiana at Lafayette
This page contains materials used for a presentation to the students and faculty at University of Louisiana at Lafayette February 6, 2013.

‍‍‍‍Books mentioned
Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision
The Rise of the Creative Class ... and how it's transforming work, leisure, community, and everyday life
Strong Art, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling
Transforming Education through the Arts
Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the World
Why Our Schools Need the Arts
Why Our High Schools Need the Arts

‍‍‍‍Louisiana Links
Act 175 (2007) (R.S. 17:7 (26)) (A copy of the arts education law may be found at this link.)
Louisiana Model Lessons for the Arts
Louisiana Partnership for the Arts
Louisiana American Choral Directors Association
Louisiana Music Educators Association

Louisiana Arts Content Standards

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
The National Standards for Arts Education are currently being revised.Visit for more information.

Research Studies
Are They Really Ready to Work?
Arts Ed Search (database)
Capitalizing on Complexity: Insigts from the 2010 IBM Global CEO Study
Learning Arts and the Brian: Why Arts Education Matter
National Endowment for the Arts Research Reports All research reports are freely available.
Nations Report Card: Arts 2008
Why We're Behind: What Top Nations Teach Their Students But We Don't(PDF)


The Relationship between Music and Visual Arts Formal Study and Academic Achievement on the Eighth-Grade Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) Test.A physical copy is available through the State Library of Louisiana.

Positive Benefits (Research Studies)
Gifts of the Muse
Health Benefits of the Arts
Impact of Arts Education on Workforce Preparation National Governors Association (A pdf of the issue brief is available at the bottom of the page.)
Positive Benefits of Choral Singing

Ben Cameron - The True Power of the Performing Arts
Robert Gupta - Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity
Michael Tilson Thomas - Music and Emotion Through Time
Eric Whitacre - A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voice Strong

Culture and the arts are essential components of a comprehensive education leading to the full development of the individual. Therefore, Arts Education is a universal human right, for all learners, including those who are often excluded from education, such as immigrants, cultural minority groups, and people with disabilities. (UNESCO 2006:3)