There 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.
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?