Arts, Music, and Humanities
The liberal and fine arts are essential to education and social entrepreneurship. Art, music, and the humanities are at important as STEM fields for personal development, innovation, productivity, problem solving, and creating job and entrepreneurship opportunities. Some of our most important entrepreneurs have credited the arts as being central to their success.
However, music and arts programs in schools continue to face budget cuts. Worse, the cost of instruments and lessons are rising faster than many parents’ incomes, leaving millions of kids without the opportunity to participate in music.
In 2018, SICC team members began to work with local organizations, schools, and music programs to develop an initiative that provides equal access to quality music education. Most schools, team members found out, have many instruments that go unused throughout the school year. That’s the case even more so in the summer, exactly when kids have more time to practice, and usually, lack the structure to take advantage of the free time.
SICC is organizing teams of more advanced music students to work with younger, beginning music students to teach ear training, rhythm, singing, as well as violin, piano, and guitar. The goal is to level the playing field and give more young people equal access to music lessons, enabling them to participate more fully in music programs at school and broadening their education.
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
- Steve Jobs