Buffalo Public Schools Slash Teaching Music Performance
by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 10:26 am, June 11, 2013
Can things get any bleaker in the Buffalo Public School system? A few weeks it was reported that the new school budget for the 2013-14 school year heavily cut the social work staff for the school system that is plagued by one of the most at risk student populations with the one of the lowest graduation rates in the state. Almost miraculously, most of those cuts were restored, but other totally wrong-headed budget cuts invariably sprang up.
The Buffalo Public Schools budget that was adopted Wednesday, May 22 has cut the instrumental music programs from all Buffalo schools, and at least 50 percent of instrumental music programs will disappear if public outcry is not heard. Eighteen instrumental programs have been completely cut or reduced and ten instrumental music teachers have lost their positions, and ten new hires will be laid off.
Learning to play an instrument is an academic discipline in which students develop countless lifelong skills that help them develop into intelligent and creative leaders. The longer your children play instruments and participate in music, the more these skills are being developed and more importantly, maintained throughout their lives. It has been proven that test scores improve in math and science. Through reading music, students learn a new language that is significantly more complex than any other written language. They also improve their physical motor skills by honing their abilities on instruments. Students learn leadership, organization, time management, dedication, and teamwork, and also develop an interactive awareness of what is occurring around them through ensemble playing.
On Wednesday, June 12 at 4pm, the music educators and their students will be ‘making noise’ on the steps of City Hall, because they want to make sure the Board of Education knows how detrimental this will be to the future of our students academic experiences and opportunities. The organizers of this demonstration suggest that it would be helpful if all parents and school children participating in the demonstration could also stay for the Board of Education meeting, which begins at 5:30pm.
Who knows? Perhaps miracles can still happen, if we all try hard enough.