What can we do to create more interest in the fine arts in children under the age of 13 years old?
As a professional musician who started his musical training at the age of 7, I am disturbed by the lack of interest in music and the arts of our younger generation today. When I began studying music, all of my friends were studying, too. It seemed to be the "thing to do"! However, that is not the case today.
Being one of several young musicians in my elementary and high schools, I had to COMPETE for the job of playing for the school shows, concerts, and providing accompaniment for competitions. However, there seems to be no students within the schools today, who are capable of providing these services. (My assumption is based on the number of schools that call on ME to provide accompaniment for their school shows, concerts, and competitions.)
What can we do to encourage our young children to explore the arts?