So today, one of the music teachers from the high school that I graduated from, was told that his position was being cut to part time. Now, let me give you some background information on this subject:
This said teacher (who I won’t name) was hired as the band director in the middle school. Over the next four years, he built up the middle school band to double (if not more) of it’s original size. Then, the summer of last year (2011) they moved him from the middle school position, to the high school position and hired someone brand new for the middle school position. Now, in the spring of 2012, his position as the high school band director is being cut to part time, while the middle school position is being untouched.
So I’m sure that this makes a lot more sense now. Of course I could go into what I think that the school could do better to solve this problem, but ultimately it doesn’t come down to the problems in the school at all. They as administrators can only do what they feel is absolutely necessary for the district within their budget. This essentially comes down to the government and the cuts they are making to education. Why are we not cutting things like the government officials’ salaries instead of raising them?
First off, why are we making cuts to education in the first place? It is nearly impossible to get a decent job these days without some amount of higher level of education. If we start cutting things in education in high schools, then students are not going to get the proper education they need to go onto college, and in the end, they are all going to be…well…stupid-er.
Second, let us get into the “smaller” picture here. When cutting budgets for schools, the schools have to cut things themselves and the very first thing that they’re going to cut are the arts programs. Quite honestly, I can understand why they are going to cut those first, but again, I’m going about the governments cuts here and trying to point out they we should not cut education budgets.
Do me a favor: go to your google search bar up in the corner and type in “Music is” and see what the “suggestions” are. Mine are: “music is better than words,” “music is the universal language,” “music is life quotes,” and “music is what feelings sound like.”
Aside from all of these small reasons why music is important, virtually every subject is included while reading music.
Music is a science It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics. A singer’s score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume change, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time. Music is mathematical It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper. Music is a foreign language Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French, and the notation is certainly not done in English-but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language recognized by all people of every culture. Music is history Music usually reflects the society, environment and times of its creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling. Music is physical education It requires fantastic and extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, that is the back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets. Music is art It allows a human being to take all these dry technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: feeling, emotion, that which makes us human.
Essentially, music makes us smarter. Which is why music and the arts need to stay in our schools. This leads us right back to the issue of cutting education budgets. Bottom line: do not cutthem!
Fortunately, I know that our government is billions of dollars in debt, and we will probably never get out of it. Which brings us back to the title of this blog: Random Brilliant Idea. There are foundations out there for so many things, and I think it’s time that we as music lovers start our own foundation. The Life Needs Music Foundation. The Life Needs Music Foundation will help keep music and arts programs in our schools and in our lives. It will rely solely on the people supporting it, and not the government, and will give money back to the schools with one exception -keep the arts alive in your school.
I know that things like this are far fetched, but if you’ve taken the time to read this post, then obviously there is some part of you that cares about music and feels that it is important. So, now take the time to keep music alive. Make this a reality.
After all, just imagine your life without music in it.
The Life Needs Music Foundation- Make it a reality.