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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 =)

Vicky Watts
Vicky Watts

Sign the petition. Go this Saturday to Local Licks Live XIX The Coast KOZT-FM and local musicians' benefit concert for Music In Our Schools. Cotton Auditorium

Christine Lightcap
Christine Lightcap

Christine Lightcap - President, Syracuse Talent Company, Inc.
What's life without music?

Christine Lightcap
Christine Lightcap
  • Christine Lightcap

Sign the petition.

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

Martin Zakharov
Martin Zakharov

Many countries are introducing instrumental music as a standard subject (the UK) is the latest. The benefits to a child's overall education are proven and well documented.

Kristine Giampietro
Kristine Giampietro
  • Martin Zakharov

Very much agreed

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.

David Cressler
David Cressler

Agreed. Music sets the tempo for those who are tuned in.

Faiza Haroon
Faiza Haroon

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Please Join & sign my petition. In my petition I have expressed my feelings not in anger but in a kind and sincere way. I believe that love can conquer anything & we should try to spread this message. InshaAllah if everyone unites together we can get the videos of our Beloved Prophet (PBUH) deleted. I want to reach out to the whole world and I know that it's possible =).

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