Marvin Hamlisch Comments on the Importance of Arts Education in Schools

Award-winning composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, who died last week, was passionate about arts education in schools. He was known to make a pitch for arts ed during his concerts. His obituary referenced an interview that he gave at the Orange County High School for the Arts in Santa Ana, in which he emphasized, "Arts education is so important.  It's part of being a human being.  I don't think the American government gets it.  I don't think they understand it's as important as math and English.  It rounds you out as a person.  I think it gives you a certain love of artistic things. You don't have to become the next great composer, but it's just nice to have heard certain pieces and you get a feeling for that, or to see certain things that are artistic and say that's a beautiful sculpture.  We sometimes stress so much math and English and physical education, but we sometimes give short shrift to something [arts education] that I think is very important."

You can hear Mr. Hamlisch's comments on arts education at 4:49 of the full OCHSA interview.