Save Music Education in T/E Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Petitioned Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board

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Tredyffrin-Easttown School Board

Save Music Education in T/E Elementary and Middle Schools

    1. Kate Thomas
    2. Petition by

      Kate Thomas

      Oakland, CA

Update:

Music programs will be saved until next year's budget discussions

It appears that on April 16th, the Board decided to defer the budget strategy of eliminating elementary and middle school music lessons until next year to complete further study of available options.

We'll have to get the petition going again next year if this is proposed again!

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The Tredyffrin-Easttown School system is facing a $2.2 million deficit. Of the proposed solutions to decrease that deficit, the school board has suggested eliminating string lessons for 3rd graders, eliminating all music lessons for elementary and middle school students, and potentially eliminating all music specialty from elementary schools so that classroom teachers would be required to teach music to their students.

Along with thousands of other Conestoga and Tredyffrin-Easttown alums, I know that the musical programs in the schools were vital to my success as a student. Music lessons in the schools allowed me to learn discipline, hard work, and how to work as a team.

I started the violin in 3rd grade at Beaumont Elementary, and my love for music and the lessons I would learn as a result branched out from there. I continued to learn the clarinet at T/E Middle School and went on to sing and play the saxophone at Conestoga. Music was part of every single day I can remember in T/E schools.

I learned how to work hard, how practice makes you better, and how anyone can be successful with focus and dedication. I learned how to read music, I learned how to take complex music and break it down into simple notes, and I learned the basics of harmony.

I learned how to follow---and how to lead.

The music instruction I had in T/E Schools allowed me to learn how to balance school work and practicing for my lessons. I learned how to work together with others as a band/orchestra/chorus, and how to be the best musician and student I could possibly be.

I'm not the only one. So many lives have been touched by the music teachers in T/E schools.

Send a message to the school board today: We know you have hard decisions to make, but please save the music programs in T/E schools. 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Music programs will be saved until next year's budget discussions

      Kate Thomas
      Petition Organizer

      It appears that earlier this week, the Board decided to defer the budget strategy of eliminating elementary and middle school music lessons until next year to complete further study of available options.

      We'll have to get the petition going again next year if this is proposed again!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Virginia Moore BERWYN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I switched from private to public school in 4th grade in part because of T/E school district's excellent music program, and it was an important part of my learning and development all the way through high school.

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    • Cynthia Robinson WAYNE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a T/E taxpayer and parent of two children who came through the T/E schools and were participants in the music program, I can attest to the value of the STRONG music program in T/E. For non-athletic students, the music program is vital to teaching students individual leadership skills, learning how to work in groups & teams, the thrill of accomplishment, the pride in conquering one's fear of performance through practice. The music programs touch a huge swath of the T/E students and the community at large supports the musical programs: the Stoga musical theatre productions, the Jazz band and the marching band (to name a few!) You don't achieve this extrordinary level of achievement without investing/nurturing your young talent. Further, numerous studies have shown the link between musical aptitude and excellence in math and reasoning skills. Why in the world would you consider cutting back on a program that enriches the lives of so many students and enjoyed by the community at large?

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    • Benjamin Luss LEAGUE CITY, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      This is totally irresponsible by the school board. I graduated from Conestoga 1992 and was involved in Choir, Jazz Band, Concert/Marching Band and the musicals. I still remember Dr. Kehiner coming to Valley Forge Jr. High and putting the whole 9th grade in choir after not having one at all the previous year, marching in the Miss America Parade in wool uniforms on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in 80 degree heat every year and putting on the first musical in many years as a senior. Those experiences lead me to Major in Music Education at the University of North Texas and have a career as a professional singer and Choir Director. I know own a fine arts academy where we teach voice, piano, acting, dancing and put on five to six musicals a year. The skills I learned through my fine art experiences in the T/E district have allowed me to accomplish this and pass on my skills to over approximately 3,000 plus students in the fifteen years I have been teaching. Hopefully the school board will realize the importance that music education plays in the role of developing the higher order thinking skills of students along with the spatial-cognitive functions as well. Not even to mention the teamwork, discipline, empathy and other cross-curricular postiblites that are inherent in a graduated district wide music curriculum.

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    • Alison McAvoy BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I went to school and grew up there. Music was a huge part of school, and taught me so much, and gave me a great of music. Every kid should be given the opportunity to learn about music!

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    • megan marino MALVERN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have read the reasons of the others who have signed this petition and agree and support their statements.

      I personal note: The only time I ever felt truly like myself throughout my entire T/E education was in music classes. I wonder how many kids feel as I did. Today, I'm an opera singer. I use the basic skills I learned in my early T/E music education (and beyond) every single day of my life. Not everyone who goes through T/E ends up a musician, but they should at least have a basic knowledge or appreciation for the wealth of all music this world has to offer us. Part of early education is to expose us to the wealth of what's out there, and to develop life and social skills.

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