Elementary music is safe despite petition's claims, Granite school officials say

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  • Donni Taylorsville, 00
    May 24, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    Mr. Horsley correctly states, "We eliminated the top-down program approach and allowed schools to decide for themselves". However, the effect of this approach means 1) Many band/orchestra programs are being lost as local schools adopt a general music curriculum 2) Parents feel left out of the process by which these decisions are made on the school level.

    The result is the loss of many traditional band/orchestra programs in elementary school. I would like to see the Granite School District make the tough calls and not "pass down" the decision to a lower level. Mr. Horsley states "It is up to a school's administration to decide the amount of time dedicated to music..." Individual schools are now allowed to compromise on instrumental music which some parents feel is ultimately a decreased emphasis on musical instruction in the district.

    General music certainly does provide instruction to a broader number of children. But let's be clear - it's coming at the expense of instrumental programs which traditionally provide a deeper and more rich experience for students. While possibly an unintended consequence in shifting decision-making to schools, shrinking band/orchestra programs is a legitimate concern.