Because our children deserve better than a "state minimum" music program in the Sachem Central School District.
Let the Board of Education know that the students education matters and we will not stand by and watch them cut music programs down to the state minimums.
When has Sachem ever been a district of "state minimums"? Is that what we want our children's education to become?
"When musically trained students get to college, they continue as high achievers, especially music majors. A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors, including English, biology, chemistry and math.
Also, physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66 percent of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. By comparison, 44 percent of biochemistry majors were admitted."
Source: Dorit Coen and Allan Miller. "The Case for Music in the Schools." Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 75. Phi Delta Kappa International, 1994.
Also, "The College Entrance Examination Board reports the following:
“Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT. In 2000, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts.”
Source: "Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers." The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001.
With an average combined increase of almost 100 points, access to music study could make the difference in gaining admission to a student’s college of choice.
Is the Board of Education really ready to say that our children deserve "the state minimum" for their education?
I can say that the Sachem Central School District parents are not going to say that our children only deserve the "state minimum". They deserve the opportunities that a fully rounded music education provides them.
I ask that look at your line items in the budget again and find ways to reduce costs that does not decimate any entire program such as music education.