With the financial cuts being made in schools, it’s quite scary being a public school music teacher. Classroom teachers are being fired, classes are over flowing, and programs are being cut. Since the arts are not mandated in the state of N.Y., they are the first to go.
I am the first to admit that academic subjects are vital. But speaking very broadly, those subjects feed the left brain. The arts nurture the right brain. Plainly stated, we need both. Please write your congressmen to support education.
I am fortunate to live in an area where the arts are valued. Even if my music position is cut at school, I would be fortunate enough to continue earning an income through private piano lessons. Because of my community in which I live, I will always be in demand. But for those families who cannot afford private lessons or lack insight to the arts, their children may not have the opportunity to develop the right brain as much.
Math and science nurture the brain. Music and art nurture the brain and the soul.
Should music continue in our schools? It’s a no brainer.