Cello There: The Funny Side of Music Education

Music Education has a whimsical side to it. Music teachers and student musicians get to see the funny in class and rehearsals. Cello There takes all of this and puts it in one place where we can see a new set of Music Education Funnies every weekday by Gregory Pavliv and MusicTeachingGuru.com

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Students Defend Their Music Teacher

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Students Defend Their Music Teacher

There was yet another story in the news about yet another Board of Education eliminating a music teacher and their program (you can read the original article here). The story tells of how a music teacher over the period of one year made significant changes to students' lives.

Parents and students both spoke out about how the woman's program developed their self-confidence, made them love school and how that one class period became their favorite class. They even recounted how this MUSIC teacher was able to increase the memorization skills of the students. The Board, of course, did and said nothing...

This brings up another important fight to be had on behalf of music education, how can music teachers and music programs be eliminated despite the proven, positive affects they have on students, the school and the community?

I've seen it happen time and time again where negative decisions regarding music education are made for all the wrong reasons. Is it acceptable that since we aren't a "core" subject that we be discounted and thrown away?

What makes a person whole? What makes them enjoy life more fully? What arms them with the creative space they need to succeed in today's incredibly difficult job climate? What gives them the self-confidence they need in a world of constant competition? What can grant them the ability of having patience in a world of instant gratification? And what can be used to motivate them to go to school in the first place?

MUSIC CLASS!

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