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What’s it like to teach the arts?

What’s it like teaching a course of studies that everybody loves but nobody wants to pay for? The arts are disappearing from our public school systems and the reason is primarily economic.

After all, who hasn’t been excited listening to the school fight song played by a marching band? Who hasn’t been emotionally moved by young voices singing choral music? Is there anyone who hasn’t participated in a standing ovation for the cast of a high school play?

In some schools, those are only nostalgic memories. Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, said the benefits of having these programs far outweigh their cost.