Hesperia Unified School District is committed to sustaining a quality music program. Music education readies students for learning by helping to develop their basic mental skills and capacities. Not only do students who study music develop musical abilities, they receive benefits that extend to other academic areas, leading to overall scholastic success. Engagement, persistence, and creativity are components of higher-level thinking and complex problem solving (Costa & Kallick, 2000). Music education nurtures these habits of mind that are essential for success in today’s global, knowledge-based economy.