2002-03-30 / Editorial/Opinion

Saving School Music Programs

Saving School Music Programs

We recently attended a cultural festival at M.S. 180 and were amazed by the level of musical talent displayed by the students. Most notably, the Beach Channel High School band, and chorus, performed a number of selections to absolute perfection. Recognizing that many music programs have been eliminated because of budget and funding cuts, we came up with an idea that just might rejuvenate interest and support for these programs. Imagine the possibilities if you could take the B.C.H.S. band and put them in a recording studio. Then, invite some music icons like Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin and Kenny G. to join the students in a live "jam session." Next, have a major record label like Sony or Arista pick up and distribute the "School Vibes" CD. There is no doubt that shrewd marketing techniques, aimed primarily at the youth, would generate a huge buzz in the music industry. Once the corporate players collect the rate of return on their investment, the remaining monies would go toward the continuation of music and arts programs in tri-state area schools. Soon, the plan could be implemented nationwide, and the money generated would allow many students the opportunity to continue developing or enhancing their talents. It's a win-win situation for all involved. Students and teachers would no longer have to worry about fighting for grants or obtaining financial support from the government to keep these programs going. Think about it.

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