Parents want the best for their children. That’s why the billion dollar industry of private education and professional tutoring has become such a profitable endeavor. But investing money in a child’s education doesn’t guarantee their success nor is such a gamble available to everyone. We know, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The vast majority of people rely on public education to prepare their children for the world. And many parents move to and often find work in surrounding areas of those school districts they feel best educate their children.
If this is indeed the case, wouldn’t we, as parents, want our children to have as many opportunities available to foster intelligence, problem solving, creativity, self-confidence, character development, self-esteem, leadership abilities and determination? Music education offers all of that. Our MusicTeaching.Guru community is a testament to these factors, and many others which speak to the importance of keeping music education alive and available to every student in our school systems.
Due to the way decisions are made regarding school budgets, funding for the arts is typically attached to votes proctored by each municipality’s board of education. And since no one ever wants to pay higher property taxes, we usually vote the new-higher-budgets down. And that usually creates a butterfly effect which ultimately cuts music programs. We’ll delve deeper into this another time.
Back to the importance of parents in the equation… We have to work together to accept a few truths such as the one above about the importance of providing as many opportunities to our children as possible. We must take on the responsibility of demonstrating just how important a role music education plays in a child’s development to those parents who do not see music education as having a role at all. IF the parents can see the benefits, the administrators will have to acknowledge their needs.