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CMEBC Campaigns: 2013-2014 Music Education Budget Cuts

The Coalition for Music Education in BC Society strongly opposes the recommended elimination of the elementary band and strings program in Vancouver schools by the Vancouver School Board.

 

These recommended cuts in funding and programming by the VSB will eliminate the opportunity for thousands of Vancouver elementary students to learn to play a band or string instrument.

 

The educational benefits gained from participation in a school band or string ensemble, taught by a qualified music specialist teacher, are not replaceable with any other means of instruction. These benefits include self-expression and nonverbal communication through an instrument and development of individual skills on an instrument while creating something with others that is bigger than oneself.

 

The alternative proposed by the VSB, to charge an annual fee of $250.00 per child per year to participate in the elementary band and strings program, would immediately make playing music at school unaffordable for many Vancouver families and restrict access to this important aspect of music education.

 

The Coalition for Music Education in BC strongly urges the Vancouver Board of Education Trustees to amend their proposed budget and preserve current funding levels for the elementary band and strings program, so that thousands of Vancouver children will continue to have the opportunity to play music in their school band or orchestra.

 

 A Call to Action

The Coalition for Music Education in BC urges parents, community members, and concerned citizens to make their voice heard in support of the elementary band and strings program in the VSB.

 

EVERY VOICE COUNTS. Please consider the following:

 

1. Write to Patti Bacchus, Chair of the Vancouver Board of Education Trustees, urging the board to preserve the current funding for the elementary band and strings program. Email: patti.bacchus@vsb.bc.ca

 

2. Attend and/or register to speak at the upcoming Public Consultation Budget Meeting on Tuesday, April 15 (or Wednesday, April 16 if required) by emailing budget2014_2015@vsb.bc.ca.

 

3. Follow the Coalition for Music Education in BC on Facebook and Twitter for updates and action items. www.facebook.com/cmebc  Twitter: @cmebc

Share this information with your friends, families, and neighbours and encourage them to make their voices heard in support of school music education of our children.

 

 

For questions or comments, please email president@cmebc.org

CMEBC Resources

Download: CMEBC Constitition

 

Download: Research on Music Education in British Columbia

The Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia Society (CMEBC) is a registered non-profit society made up of parents, educators, arts organizations, and supporters from across our communities whose mission is to protect, promote, and advance music education in British Columbia.

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