It seems that supporters of Music in Our Schools can breathe a collective sigh of relief. According to the publicity director for the High School Marching Band, the Board of Education has removed the four music teachers from the proposed budget “cut” list for next year. This is good news, indeed!
But our work does not stop here. March 2013 is Music in Our Schools Month, an opportunity to show the community exactly what arts education is all about. Here in Vineland, the students will be performing in the annual Pops Concert on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in the VHS South Gymnasium. All music groups (strings and winds) from middle school through high school will be performing that night. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see music education in action and to enjoy the work of hundreds of talented kids (and their directors). Don’t miss it!
As parents and supporters of the arts, we must continue to remain vigilant, yet positive. This year was not the first time that music teachers were on the chopping block, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time, either. Attendance and visibility are crucial for showing the Board of Education just how important these programs are to us.
Just because we won this battle doesn’t mean we’ve won the war. Yet.
I urge you to read up on this topic to become an informed advocate for the arts. Here are a few articles to get you started:
The Benefits of Music Education - in the formative years
Twelve Benefits of Music Education - comprehensive list for all ages
Listen: Don’t Ignore the Benefits of Music on the Brain - a scientific approach to music education
The Importance of Music - from the Music Empowers Foundation
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