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.

Monica Rodrigo Santistevan

Music and the arts is very important for education. No child should be left without.

Monica Rodrigo Santistevan
Monica Rodrigo Santistevan
  • Monica Rodrigo Santistevan

MUSIC AND THE ARTS are VERY IMPORTANT.

Rod Granlund
Rod Granlund

Band was my most important class. I learned teamwork, salesmanship, and the value of a strong work ethic. Music is not the icing on the cake; it is the cake itself.

Madeline I. Rivera
Madeline I. Rivera
  • Rod Granlund

What instrument you play?

Tracy Watts
Tracy Watts

Parades, weddings, funerals.....all have music. Where would we be without it, yet society seems to take it for granted.....hmmm.

Janice Rickenbach Maulick
Janice Rickenbach Maulick
  • Tracy Watts

amen and amen!!!!!

Cora Todd
Cora Todd

Music is an education all by itself...need to stay in schools forever!

Cora Todd
Cora Todd
  • Cora Todd

Needs to stay in schools!

Robbie Britt
Robbie Britt

To everyone out there, especially the Secretary of Education, I speak from personal experience of how music programs in school has profoundly affected me from schoolastic, emotional and spiritual level. I came from a critical background that took away whatever self-esteem I had possessed and left me with no way to express myself. When I enrolled in school in Riverside, Ca, and took the music course, it was like a new found lease on life and propelled me into what I am today. It gave me...

To everyone out there, especially the Secretary of Education, I speak from personal experience of how music programs in school has profoundly affected me from schoolastic, emotional and spiritual level. I came from a critical background that took away whatever self-esteem I had possessed and left me with no way to express myself. When I enrolled in school in Riverside, Ca, and took the music course, it was like a new found lease on life and propelled me into what I am today. It gave me the tools to raise my self-esteem to higher levels and to become a renowned singer and recording artist that I probably would never have become in my life.

I URGE YOU & IMPLORE YOU SECRETARY OF EDUCATION TO THINK TWICE BEFORE PULLING THE PLUG ON THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL WE HAVE IN THE WORLD TODAY. TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, WHAT WOULD OUR WORLD BE LIKE IF WE HAD NO MUSIC? IT WOULD BE DRY, EMPTY AND LOST WITH NO FEELING.

Thank you for your attention....Robbie Britt.

Jennifer Singer
Jennifer Singer
  • Robbie Britt

that was truly epic. and inspiring...thank you!

Alba Alvarado Rodriguez

Music was my outlet in middle school, I loved being part of the school band.

Ary Servedio
Ary Servedio
  • Alba Alvarado Rodriguez

Oboe for you, flute for me. ;)

Cindy Schave
Cindy Schave

Both music AND the visual arts must be funded!

Danni Stephens
Danni Stephens
  • Cindy Schave

There are many studies that show that the arts help the brain in processing math, science, etc. Math, science, physics, history, language are all used in the arts. We can read about them, but the arts help us to experience them.

Christopher Downie
Christopher Downie

We all owe so much to the American music tradition. Let's give something back.

Tracy Conard
Tracy Conard
  • Christopher Downie

Thanks Chris!

Ron Fitch
Ron Fitch

The school music program enhanced my life! From 6th grade on, concert band and marching band were a not-insignificant part of my life, I owe my LOVE of Classical music today to Mr. Bruhn, Mr. Vierra, Mr. Stasko & Mr. Ward. We gave a command performances at every competition for 6 years straight! It all brings a smile to my face.

Ron Fitch
Ron Fitch
  • Ron Fitch

Does any clarinet or flute player remember ducking when Stasko's tall chair went flying in their direction? (That's the REAL reason Doug Stewart and I played Alto Clarinet - we sat directly in FRONT of Stasko - out of the line of fire). He only threw the chair when he knew we were command-performance bound but were acting like ding-dong brains.

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