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Music Students Defending Their Music Teacher

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b2ap3_thumbnail_jlennon.jpgThere was yet another story in the news about yet another Board of Education eliminating a music teacher and their program (you can read the original article here). The story tells of how a music teacher over the period of one year made significant changes to students' lives.

Parents and students both spoke out about how the woman's program developed their self-confidence, made them love school and how that one class period became their favorite class. They even recounted how this MUSIC teacher was able to increase the memorization skills of the students. The Board, of course, did and said nothing...

This brings up another important fight to be had on behalf of music education, how can music teachers and music programs be eliminated despite the proven, positive affects they have on students, the school and the community?

I've seen it happen time and time again where negative decisions regarding music education are made for all the wrong reasons. Is it acceptable that since we aren't a "core" subject that we be discounted and thrown away?

What makes a person whole? What makes them enjoy life more fully? What arms them with the creative space they need to succeed in today's incredibly difficult job climate? What gives them the self-confidence they need in a world of constant competition? What can grant them the ability of having patience in a world of instant gratification? And what can be used to motivate them to go to school in the first place?



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  • John Mitrano Thursday, 10 July 2014

    It is so fulfilling to see music students defending their music teacher like this. And so heartbreaking to see that those pleas fell on (tone) deaf ears once more in our society...
    Music education does so much for a student. It is sad that we are considered a "peripheral", or, at best, "enrichment" class, and not a "core" subject. The ancient Greeks not only considered music a "core" subject, but studied it and approached it as a science.
    It is time for the pendulum to swing the other way.

  • Gregory Pavliv Thursday, 02 October 2014

    It's interesting to think about how the ancient Greeks valued music for what it intrinsically means to people. We also saw that in the height of the Classical and Romantic periods. Shame music fell away from the "core".

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