Music education has been proven to provide a plethora of benefits to students that no other education can. It has not only improved the lives of thousands of students at Wyoming Valley West alone, but has saved countless lives as well. The various physiological and psychological benefits of music itself are practically endless, and countless studies have shown the positive effects of music education on minors, including (but not limited to) increased:
- standardized test scores
- grades in school
- left brain development, especially in language and reasoning
- spacial intelligence
- problem solving skills
- cultural awareness
- work ethic
- levels of craftsmanship
- teamwork skills
- self-esteem through self-expression
- creative thinking skills
- overall mental health
The Wyoming Valley West School District has "approved elimination of all instrumental music programs." This means that there is now a possibility of losing the high school's marching band, jazz band, concert band classes and orchestra. Students will no longer be able to participate in district competitions or showcase musical abilities through school and local events. The elementary and middle schools will also lose band classes and lessons, giving students virtually no opportunity to even learn an instrument.
We, the community of the Wyoming Valley West School District, are taking a stand about this issue and want to ensure a musically enriched education for not only this generation, but for generations to come. We want future students to be able to benefit from learning an instrument and being part of an instrumental group, and to have the option to take advantage of everything they provide.
This petition closed almost 3 years ago
On January 9, 2013, the school board will hold a meeting at which a group of students and alumni will protest the cutting of the music department. We want to show the board members the importance...
On January 9, 2013, the school board will hold a meeting at which a group of students and alumni will protest the cutting of the music department. We want to show the board members the importance of an instrumental musical education and how much it has impacted not only our lives, but many others.
We are trying to gather as much support as possible against this impending threat, and hope to present the results of this petition to the board in January. After seeing the number of people standing behind us, the school board may realize just how vital it is to keep the program open.
By standing together as one voice, we CAN make a difference. Please sign this petition and help to preserve a program that has been near and dear to the hearts of so many people!