I think so. So many people live their lives only listening to music without participating in the music-making process. If only people would learn to sing or play an instrument, then they would have a deeper understanding and appreciation of music. Most people have a shallow understanding of music and it reflects in our culture. Studies have shown that school students who are involved in music education perform better in school and are less likely to do drugs or be disruptive in class. Music was once treated as a serious general academic subject, but now it's relegated to being an "elective" in high school curriculums. High school music programs are also vastly underfunded. For me, I first discovered the joys of music when I joined the high school choir at my church at age 14 back in August 2004. I also participated in the chorus at my high school. Now that I'm out of high school, I'm no longer in those groups, but I'm in the Chancel Choir at church and in a vocal ensemble there. Once my job starts and I get paid, I'm going to buy a bass guitar and take lessons so I can learn how to play it. In conclusion, the sorry state of American music education is a national disgrace. The failings of our public school system has led to us having the unenlightened masses that we have now who know nothing of music performance or music theory.