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!
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.