The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 18, 2013

Don't cut art/music programs

Many school boards are considering cutting art and music programs. Getting rid of the art and music programs is a monumental mistake. The administrators are worried about money and funding for these courses because of the new testing standards that have been enforced.

I guarantee that if you cut these programs, test scores will plummet.

Music and are great outlets of creativity and self-expression and even a stress-reliever for some students. Going to chorus or an art class gives students a break from their hectic schedules, especially if they have more difficult courses. I speak from experience. I played the flute for three years in middle school and I'm currently in chorus. Music challenges me in ways that math, science or English can't.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, students who participate in music programs, whether it is instrumental or vocal, have higher overall grades.

I don't see how money is an issue. One band or choir teacher is capable of teaching multiple grade levels. The same is true for art teachers. If funding for the materials and other supplies needed is the real problem, then we should hold fundraisers. Students who participate in athletics have to pay a $40 fee to help with costs of transportation and equipment. We can just as easily add a $4 or $5 fee for art and music classes. I feel that there are very simple solutions to these issues.

It really would hurt all students to see these programs cut and I hope they never are. We do need engineers, scientists and businessmen in the world, but artists and musicians help us to appreciate the simpler joys in life.

Grace O'Malley

Selinsgrove Area High School

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