Serena Lynn Fincel
Serena Lynn Fincel

School music has saved my life. As a child growing up, I had learning disabilities. Back then ADD, short term memory, and processing issues went undiagnosed and ignored. I believed that I was just stupid, until I joined marching band and choir. Marching band, Choir, and drama gave me a reason to believe in myself and not give up. While academics will always be a struggle for me I excel in music and it is all because I was able be a part of music programs in high school. I have passed...

School music has saved my life. As a child growing up, I had learning disabilities. Back then ADD, short term memory, and processing issues went undiagnosed and ignored. I believed that I was just stupid, until I joined marching band and choir. Marching band, Choir, and drama gave me a reason to believe in myself and not give up. While academics will always be a struggle for me I excel in music and it is all because I was able be a part of music programs in high school. I have passed this love of marching band onto my children and my daughter is not majoring in music at college and will someday be a high school band director.

Elisheva Berkowitz
Elisheva Berkowitz
  • Serena Lynn Fincel

I can SO identify with this! I thought-in fact a whole lot of "proffesionals" thought that I just had a learning disability because I was "emotionally desturbed" But it was undiagnosed ADHD--had to be, because my dr at home diagnosed me as being hyper when I was just 5. I did horrible in ALL subjects at school (except reading because I loved to read fiction...it took me away to another place where there were none of my daily struggles). But when I joined orcrestra (played violin) and chior,...

I can SO identify with this! I thought-in fact a whole lot of "proffesionals" thought that I just had a learning disability because I was "emotionally desturbed" But it was undiagnosed ADHD--had to be, because my dr at home diagnosed me as being hyper when I was just 5. I did horrible in ALL subjects at school (except reading because I loved to read fiction...it took me away to another place where there were none of my daily struggles). But when I joined orcrestra (played violin) and chior, it's was like the sun coming out from behind a dark cloud =)

Serena Lynn Fincel
Serena Lynn Fincel
  • Serena Lynn Fincel

Oops, I meant that Anneliese is now majoring in music, not not majoring in music.

James Aldrich
James Aldrich
  • Serena Lynn Fincel

Please make sure that she takes a good minor to go with the music major...so she has another course of action to go into. Because the way that music is getting cut from school programs, I would hate to see her work hard to get a music teaching degree...and have no school to hire her. It's already bad and getting worse-music and arts are becoming like tumbleweeds in the ghosts towns we used to call great schools. So sad...

James Aldrich
James Aldrich
  • Serena Lynn Fincel

And you were NEVER stupid, Serena...we all helped each other at MCC...I so miss those days of our study groups at Wags...you, Beth, Lester...sigh. Good times...and better memories.

Angela Cavallo Gross
Angela Cavallo Gross

Becasue of budget cuts most music programs were cut from our school district. This can't continue to happen. Our children & grandchildren deserve more. Music is as important as any other program including sports.

Camille Fiorito-Marino
Camille Fiorito-Marino
  • Angela Cavallo Gross

Sign your petition Aunt Angie. I agree music and dance should be part of every school day and after school programs.

Camille Fiorito-Marino
Camille Fiorito-Marino
  • Angela Cavallo Gross

Sign your petition Aunt Angie. I agree music and dance should be part of every school day and after school programs.

Camille Fiorito-Marino
Camille Fiorito-Marino
  • Angela Cavallo Gross

Sign your petition Aunt Angie. I agree music and dance should be part of every school day and after school programs.

Roxanne Frias
Roxanne Frias

it was Music that taught me to read - and music that set a foundation helping me to understand math - through music history is learned and principles can be put to memory - I bet anyone reading this - who was alive in the 70's and recite at least one commercial song - that is how powerful the presence of music is - it assists in all areas of life - to remove it from our schools would be a very tragic mistake.

Cynthia Stevens
Cynthia Stevens
  • Roxanne Frias

Hi Roxanne! It's Cyndy. Been thinking about you lately. How ya been?

Roxanne Frias
Roxanne Frias
  • Roxanne Frias

same old story - workin', going to church. nothing special. How have you been?

Stephanie Stampalia Goldman

I can't say it better than these folks. Keep music in our schools and strengthen the programs!!!

Randy Finelli
Randy Finelli
  • Stephanie Stampalia Goldman

Are they looking to take it out?

Stephanie Stampalia Goldman
Stephanie Stampalia Goldman
  • Stephanie Stampalia Goldman

It's not the priority it should be. And yes, it's in danger of being taken out - or at least "downsized." We've fought for these programs in schools for as long as I can remember. ANd the NEA. You know my feelings there.

Rebeca Johnston
Rebeca Johnston

As a high school counselor, I noticed that most of the students in the Top 25 were also in music classes. Music requires discipline and repetitious practice, skills applied to academics. Children also learn things faster and easier if they sing them. Why else did we sing the alphabet?

Beatrice Hall
Beatrice Hall
  • Rebeca Johnston

Lol

Rebeca Johnston
Rebeca Johnston
  • Rebeca Johnston

Didn't you blow horns, too? Lol.

Tracy Conover
Tracy Conover

SO important! Please pass this along to everyone you know! Let's give the option to receive the basics of Music education BACK to our children! And let's give some jobs BACK to American Music Educators! Please sign ~ Thank you! xoxo Tracy :)

Brian Bell
Brian Bell
  • Tracy Conover

Done!

Darla Minter Collins
Darla Minter Collins
  • Tracy Conover

Yea Tracy; when ya coming back to Kemah?

John Weber
John Weber

Research concurs, along with my personal experience as an art educator, that the Fine Arts improves "out of the box" and critical thinking skills, thus, improving test scores.

Valerie Felice
Valerie Felice
  • John Weber

John Weber. I think I know you. We were writing by email. Did I meet you in Albuquerque. ??????

John Weber
John Weber
  • John Weber

It could have been in Santa Fe at the FAEA meeting???? Not too sure.

Emily Theroux
Emily Theroux

Learning to play the clarinet and later "graduating" to the oboe were my most memorable and fulfilling achievements in public school. I played in concert bands, marching bands, a "symphonic band," and, after going on to college, three college/community orchestras and a chamber music ensemble. My family moved frequently, but all of the schools we attended offered both instrumental and choral music programs, individual lessons with school music teachers, daily rehearsals, frequent concerts,...

Learning to play the clarinet and later "graduating" to the oboe were my most memorable and fulfilling achievements in public school. I played in concert bands, marching bands, a "symphonic band," and, after going on to college, three college/community orchestras and a chamber music ensemble. My family moved frequently, but all of the schools we attended offered both instrumental and choral music programs, individual lessons with school music teachers, daily rehearsals, frequent concerts, and opportunities to compete (in ensemble performances during New Orleans' All-City Band competitions, and solo performances at statewide music festivals in Louisiana, Illinois, and Florida).

The music programs my siblings and I participated in gave my brother (a talented clarinetist) a viable career choice, trained my sister (a natural at ballet and gymnastics who was never popular enough to be "elected" cheerleader) for the visible role she craved as a proud majorette, and provided me (a quiet child who preferred reading and writing to the performing arts) with an ongoing challenge that helped me conquer my perennial stage fright. I also learned how to blend the distinctive (and piercing) voice of my oboe into a harmonic "whole" whose common purpose was creating something beautiful together. Playing music allowed me to express myself without the perils of public speaking, giving me confidence during my childhood and throughout my career.

Please don't take this priceless opportunity away from our grandchildren's generation, especially those who live in poverty and who, without the stimulus of learning and the thrill of succeeding at this most accessible of art forms, may grow up with few memorable experiences and little motivation to carry them forward into adulthood. In a school environment devoid of music, these children may never know the joy of both belonging to a group and achieving a shared goal. Don't deprive them of the chance to discover what talents they possess, what obstacles they can surmount, and what pinnacles they might some day be capable of attaining.

James Prather
James Prather
  • Emily Theroux

Well said, Emily...

Wan Wade-Thompson
Wan Wade-Thompson
  • Emily Theroux

My younger brother plays the clarinet...IT seemed to sooth him when he was aggravated...

Elise Carter
Elise Carter

So many adults that I work with who are just doing music for fun feel that playing in an ensemble is such a stress relief from the daily grind. When you are playing music your mind can only be on what you are doing and it gets a break from the constant harrang of the media of cell phones and whatever else tends to demand our attention at all times. When your mind is absorbed in only one thing it is a mental break. Kids who never learn an instrument not only miss out on developing their brain...

So many adults that I work with who are just doing music for fun feel that playing in an ensemble is such a stress relief from the daily grind. When you are playing music your mind can only be on what you are doing and it gets a break from the constant harrang of the media of cell phones and whatever else tends to demand our attention at all times. When your mind is absorbed in only one thing it is a mental break. Kids who never learn an instrument not only miss out on developing their brain and creativity but will have no concept of coming to it later in life as a hobby.

Donna Harwell
Donna Harwell
  • Elise Carter

I have to agree, I don't play an instrument unless u call signing music an instrument. Now I would say its as close as I can get to playing a harp, Lol

Sky Fly Eagle Eren
Sky Fly Eagle Eren
  • Elise Carter

woww ıheard beatiful words here =)

Cheryl Tullier- Young
Cheryl Tullier- Young

Band, orchestra, vocal music are all very important! Do not dismiss them as "unimportant"......

Barbara Schmidt
Barbara Schmidt
  • Cheryl Tullier- Young

Yes!! I signed this too Cheryl, hugs

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