Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Minnesota schools have wide latitude to implement standards and guidelines set forth by federal and state agencies. For music, that translates to local decision-making about music. Can students choose from multiple offerings? How often and for how long do classes meet? Does each student have access to an instrument and the chance to sing?
While Minnesota schools have been adding teachers since 2006, the trend in music is the opposite—a decline.* This can mean larger music classes, fewer music classes, or less time in music class. It’s important to reverse these declines to make sure all students experience the benefits music provides.
Principals and superintendents value input from community members. Have a conversation, focus on students, and share why music is important for a child’s success.
* (MDE Data 2006 – 2013)