Here is as well articulated an argument as any for why we Americans need to ensure that arts education is not only kept in schools, but fostered and strengthened. This conductor of European classical music in a high school explains that just doing "A" worthy work is not enough. But more importantly, music made in groups allows us to express the skills that we need to use in our daily lives: working with people to make things work well, shoring up our neighbor, creating beauty with community, and following a leader effectively. Music allows our spirits to sing in all the ways that we as human beings were evolved to express. As my mother always said, "joy shared is joy multiplied."