A Rough Patch for School Music Programs Essay

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It came to my attention that there was clearly a problem when all that the band directors addressed at band concerts, from the local school concert to the district performance, was that the music programs were currently going through a rough patch. Budget cuts, an increased focus on “test” subjects, and loss in popularity of music activities have caused the quantity and quality of high school musicians to decline. With all of the impressive benefits of being a musician, it is crazy that student instrumentalists are an endangered species.
Especially in this time of recovery from the recession, budget cuts have forced music programs to decrease exponentially, or shut down altogether. There are countless cases from all different types of
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It came to my attention that there was clearly a problem when all that the band directors addressed at band concerts, from the local school concert to the district performance, was that the music programs were currently going through a rough patch. Budget cuts, an increased focus on “test” subjects, and loss in popularity of music activities have caused the quantity and quality of high school musicians to decline. With all of the impressive benefits of being a musician, it is crazy that student instrumentalists are an endangered species.
Especially in this time of recovery from the recession, budget cuts have forced music programs to decrease exponentially, or shut down altogether. There are countless cases from all different types of schools in which these “non-essential” programs have ceased to exist. The Eugene School District 4J in Oregon shortened their elementary school music education to nine weeks in a school year and their high schools now have only 1.3 full time employment music teachers. Half of Buffalo Public Schools in New York have eliminated all instrumental music programs, such as band and orchestra, for the 2013-2014 school year and 6.76 full-time instrumental music teachers were fired. There are students across the country who have had their last school band concert now and will not have the opportunity again to have the exciting rush of performing.
Schools now take more priority in improving students’ achievement in “test” subjects, standard subjects that
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