We are disappointed to learn of the boards plan to eliminate music specialists from our elementary and middle schools as well as the severe cuts to our high school programs. We believe that this is a mistake from which our community may take years to recover. All of the research and data shows that skills in music equal skills in life; creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking are the foundation of our curriculum. Music instruction is a powerful and vital part of a child’s education, integral to their cognitive abilities, and inextricably linked to their social and psychological development. Discipline, literacy, and physical and mental coordination are but a few examples of the benefits to our children. These are directly tied to measurable outcomes on test scores, leadership abilities, graduation rates, and the general welfare of our schools.
By cutting music so severely, you will be so dramatically limiting opportunities for our students that we can foresee even more flight to private and charter schools than ever before.
We respectfully ask for your reconsideration of this subject before your final vote. By limiting music for our children, we all will lose in the long term.