Music education is a vital part of a child's total education. It awakens a child's creative skills and builds self esteem that will last a lifetime. Music education teaches children critical thinking, private initiative, research skills, cross cultural studies, discipline, self management and cooperation, skills that are needed in daily life and in the business world. Music education transforms children into adults with strong self esteem and survival skills. Music education develops children's emotional, spiritual and psychological character, making them mature and responsible adults. Music and dance combine to teach people the value of mind body fitness, something we all need. The Alvin Ailey Dance Company is an excellent model of body-mind education that is life lasting.