c/o: Peter Mazurek
It’s no secret that schools across the country are struggling financially. The economy has severely hindered schools' ability to offer well-rounded programs like music, art and physical education. Some argue that these programs also have large budgets that our schools cannot afford. But there are serious consequences to cutting these programs from public schools. While it may not sound like a big deal today to cut a theater or music program, these very programs can be responsible for shaping children’s futures and giving them the self-confidence they need.
Myth #1: Music Programs are Expensive
Music programs do not have to eat away at a school’s budget. The facilities are available, and these classes can take place in a cafeteria, gym or auditorium. There can also be fundraisers like bake sales and car washes that can raise money for supplies and musical instruments. Even if these programs are not a part of the everyday curriculum, they can still be offered after school, allowing kids to partake in these mind-boosting activities.
Myth #2: Not All Kids Enjoy Music
While it’s true that not all kids will enjoy playing a musical instrument, you can’t know for sure until you give it a try. We’re always encouraging our children to try new things, but when it comes to music, we make up our minds fairly quickly. Kids who don’t have the opportunity to experiment with music may be missing out on something that they would have excelled at. All kids deserve to be exposed to music and have the chance to decide whether or not it’s for them.
Myth #3: Music is Undervalued
It seems like the ‘specials’ are always being underappreciated. We’ve all heard our fair share about why classes like physical education, music, art or theater are not necessary in the school curriculum. But then we see the effects of taking away these programs: high obesity rates and hyperactive students for example. Music is a part of the educational experience, and students should be able to pursue a wide variety of subjects.
We must remember that music is a creative outlet for young students, and many find the confidence and acceptance they need through music. Fighting for music programs should be a priority for our young leaders; after all, how will a future middle school orchestra teacher know his love for music unless he has the opportunity to try it?
Blog sponsored by: Catfish Music