$25 provides one student from an economically disadvantaged community with an entire year of weekly music lessons. The arts, especially music, is an underfunded and overlooked creative component in education. Research has found that involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. It also has been shown to improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests and earn higher grades in school. By providing a child with the gift of music, you can ensure that he or she has a bright future.