Keep 4th & 5th grade band during the school day!!

Keep 4th & 5th grade band during the school day!!

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Amy Derbacher started this petition to Superintendents Office Erica Forti and

It has recently come to my attention, that the East haven Superintendents Office and Administrators   Are proposing to cut Band from the school day at the elementary school and instead have it as an after school extra curricular activity.

I feel that this is not something that will benefit our school children. Many children would never have been exposed to a musical instrument had it not been for elementary band. Many parents struggle as it is with juggling dance, gymnastics, sports and CCD for multiple children - all which occur after school. This could lead to participation in band dropping close to 75%. Going from 180 students to what could be less than 50. 

I feel that removing Band from the daily schedule in elementary schedule is not just hurting our elementary school but will also lead to a detrimental future for our middle and high school bands. Our national championship high school band relies on the Early introduction to instruments in elementary school to feed their program. Much like the high school hockey team relies on the youth hockey program.  

Without early introduction to musical instruments at an early age, the likelihood of children picking up an instrument later is unlikely - and this could lead to a drastic drop in participation in our national award winning matching band.

I am asking you to sign and share this petition to save our elementary school band program from being removed from the school day. 

Here are a couple statements  that support the importance 

"Students who learned to play a musical instrument in elementary and continued playing in high school not only score significantly higher but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers with regard to their English, mathematics and science skills," Professor Gouzouasis 

For more information On the importance, here is a great article to read https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2019/07/17/music-education-linked-to-academic-success

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