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The situation: The administration of the Bethlehem Center School District is proposing a plan that will eliminate the elementary school choir and reduce the elementary school band to fifth grade and only for 1.5 hours per week. This is NOT a budgetary issue, the music professionals are being reassigned to instruct general music appreciation courses 18 weeks instead of the 9 weeks allotted for other special subjects. These general courses are for students who are NOT interested in music. Furthermore the rearranging of time slots for band and choir instruction will result in loss of precious instructional time because of the need to set up and tear down equipment.

What is needed: We the concerned parents, alumni, students, and residents of the district request that the administration restore the band and choir programs to entire year programs in grades 4 through 12 with consideration for scheduling times as they are critical to successful programs.

Why:

♪Eliminating the Elementary program would negatively impact our students learning and be detrimental to the future of the band and choir in the upper grades. Impacting over 675 students in the band and choir grades 4 - 12.

♪Band and choir instruction is proven to impact student learning, performance, motivation, and behavior in all content areas in a positive manner It is proven that children who study music are more successful across the board…

♪ When you look at high-performing schools, you find a rich curriculum that includes music education.

♪This is one of the limited opportunities our children have for creative expression.

♪Creativity, teamwork and critical thinking rank in the 5 most important skills for new workforce entrants. Skills learned through instrumental and vocal music instruction.

Help support a tradition of excellence in music as well as our children's rights to the best education possible. Take a stand at the next school board meeting : August 22 at 7 PM. Please plan to be there and help Save the Music!

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Dr. Marcia Marcolini HooverBy:
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Beth Center School District Administration

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