“High School Music Program Slashed”
“Budget Cuts Affect Music and Arts”
We see those headlines in the news all the time.
During every budget cycle, teachers, parents, and music advocates hold their collective breaths hoping cuts will not come down on their programs. This is because music and the arts are often at the top of the “cut list” — but why is this? Board of Education members aren’t necessarily “music haters”, and community members (at least on the surface) don’t want to see music leave the school curriculum. But the cuts keep on coming year after year, and some feel powerless to stop them.
Nevertheless, the cuts are wrong and in many cases are not in the best interest of the systems and the children they serve. When it comes to budget cuts, schools in other countries and great districts in our country do not cut the arts first.
Here are a few of the main reasons why music is cut from school each year, and some thoughts about how they can be avoided: