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Students will suffer from music program cuts

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am a concerned parent of a 10-year-old who will be attending Dzantik'i Heeni next school year. My son has been active in sports: Wrestling for two years and judo for the past four years. On top of his very busy athletic schedule, he attends band every Tuesday and Thursday morning before school starts. This is not a required class but an extracurricular class. He loves it.

Music is a creative activity that opens a child to many possibilities. I think that music is an important part of a child's growth and to have the program cut does bother me.

Future generations of children will miss out on the opportunity of learning the art of music if the program keeps getting cut.

My son will be in DZ next year and he will be in band. His teacher will probably be stressed out because he or she will have to do the job of two teachers. This will greatly affect the growth and appreciation of music that the students will be exposed to.

I believe in the value of education and I believe in the value of music. The cut from two to one music teachers will only make the students suffer. They will suffer because of the lack in quality and quantity of instruction they will receive from an overworked instructor.

Erica Coulson

Juneau



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