I am willing to bet that music has affected everyone's life in one way or another.

I cannot tell you the exact time that music changed my life, but it has always been a part of it. From jamming to my grandpa's polka to crashing the cymbals during the national anthem and even playing in a punk band. Music has shaped me as I am sure it has for you.

Music and arts in our school are seeing a lack of funding. Montana's own Sen. Jon Tester does not want to see that happen. He has experienced first hand how important music and arts are for our public schools. Hear his story on how music made him the person he is today.

Music gave me the confidence I needed to succeed in school. My story is not unique, and that is why the arts are critical to providing students with a quality education.

Posted by Senator Jon Tester on Tuesday, March 8, 2016