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All students should consider taking a fine arts class

A dance, art or music class can be valuable even for students who aren't majoring in the arts

The Evelyn Smith Music Theatre is home to many musical ensembles, including the ASU Philharmonia.

The Evelyn Smith Music Theatre is home to many musical ensembles, including the ASU Philharmonia.

Some college students decide to take a fine arts class in order to relax from the difficult major-based classes they take. Others take them to learn a new skill. 

Participating in a fine arts class at ASU is a valuable experience for many students and something they should all consider, whether it is music, art, theater or dance.

Sarah Rogers is a sophomore aerospace engineering major and was a violin player for the ASU Philharmonia ensemble group. 

“The ASU Philharmonia was one of my favorite classes throughout my sophomore year," Rogers said. "I loved the opportunity to not only continue playing my instrument and do what I love, but the music selection was both enjoyable and challenging, yet doable for having a very busy schedule on a regular basis.”

School of Music Ensembles - Non-Majors from ASU School of Music on Vimeo.

Rogers said she is passionate about music and enjoys being part of an orchestra.

“The course was very enjoyable to have as a break from my core classes," Rogers said. "Especially because the way that music is processed is a much different method of thinking than solving an engineering problem, it causes you to hone in on everything else that is around you and feel the flow of the music, which is why I have always enjoyed it.”

The ASU Philharmonia started last fall. Even though it’s a new class, the orchestra has grown since last year.

Students can find creative outlets that get them moving as well, a nice break from sitting at a desk. 

Sarah Lopez is a junior majoring in speech and hearing sciences who took Hip Hop 101 her freshman year.

“I've taken about three dance classes now and I absolutely love them," Lopez said. "I think they're a necessity for me now because it's where I can get my exercise for the day and a good break from all of my difficult science classes.”

Lopez said she enjoyed how freeing the class felt. 

"There aren't many rules and it's a good way to stay active with such a busy schedule. It's definitely something I'd like forward to every day,“ Lopez said.

“I'd definitely recommend students taking a fine arts class especially if it's dance. Any kind of dance. Open yourself up to anything and everything new and you might just end up loving it."

Students can also participate in clubs linked to music, performance and other arts if they do not have time to take a fine arts class.

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