How to start a music program
With budgetary blues playing all over the nation, music programs are getting silenced. Use this guide to bring music education back to your child's school.
By Rob Baedeker
The day the music died
If there were a song that told the story of the state of music education in our schools, it might be a slow, sad dirge. A 2008 study by the National Endowment for the Arts found a long-term decline in arts-education since 1982, with childhood music education showing the most dramatic reduction. This downward trend is especially painful given the academic and social benefits that music study offers.
Has your child's school reduced or eliminated its music program? Don't sing the blues. With some organization and initiative, you can find the resources to start (or save) this critical component of your kids' education. Try these 7 guidelines for implementing a school music program and report back on your experience.
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