Music is scarce in underfunded schools

Music: It always surrounds us, recalls strong memories of past events, makes us happy, calming, energizing, calming, saddening, exercising, and dancing to it. It is part of our existence. Music is played in elevators, shopping malls, clinics, schools, sporting events, and many other places. Music reminds us of all sorts of things we’ve done throughout our lives and brings back nostalgic memories to most people. Most of us can record our lives through music.

Hospitals and rehabilitation centers regularly use art and music therapy for patients to help people build self-esteem, reduce stress, promote self-discovery, and brighten their spirits. Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia has an art studio, a music studio and a gardening center for patients. These treatments help patients deal with life-changing physical and mental injuries and are often regarded as an important part of recovery.

The Einstein Medical Center and Pottstown Hospital are one of the first five recipients of the new music therapy program. This new program initiative is supported by the Pennsylvania Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Hospital and Health Systems Association. Music therapy programs support the resilience and well-being of healthcare professionals, and hospitals can design their own programs to support front-line workers dealing with COVID-19 pandemic patients.

Music trains the brain to be trained, careful, and memorized. Promotes teamwork in environments such as bands and orchestras. Musical involvement involves more areas of the brain than any other activity. Music has been scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain. Recent studies have shown that music helps in many aspects such as pain relief, stress relief, memory, and brain damage. Children with a musical background are generally successful in their studies, especially in language and math. Brain scans show that musicians have a healthier, larger, better, better connected brain, and their working memory, hearing skills, and mental flexibility are superior to non-musicians. is showing.

Most people take it for granted that all kinds of music classes and instrumental lessons are available in public schools. It has been the norm for decades and continues to be the case in most school districts. But people in underfunded districts live a completely different story. The Pottstown School District has not offered string lessons or orchestras to students since the early 1970s to reduce costs.

Compare this to the nearby Boyertown Area School District. In addition to a great stringed program that teaches stringed lessons to nearly 500 students annually, we offer different levels of orchestra throughout the district. Remind us again that Montgomery County is the second wealthiest county in Pennsylvania and this same opportunity is not offered to Pottstown students.

Pottstown offers general music classes for K-5 grade students, but not for 6th to 8th grade students. This is also unusual in a Pennsylvania middle school. Woodwind, brass and percussion lessons begin in grade 4 and end in grade 8. None of these lessons are offered to Grades 9-12 students at Pottstown High School.

Grades 4-5 have a beginner band that gathers after school on Tuesdays. On Wednesday, 5-6 regular bands will meet after school. Bands 7-8 meet in front of school at 7am in a junior high school choir, and grades 5-8 meet before and after school. Not during school days, as is the standard for all these music offered in most schools.

Depriving Pottstown school district students and other underfunded school districts of all the music they should have is a huge disadvantage to these children. Now is the time to provide all students with the same opportunity to learn and experience music, just as they would in a well-funded school district. It is immoral not to do so.

Dr. Myra Forrest is a lifelong educator and former school district supervisor. She is currently an educational advocate for the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.

Music is scarce in underfunded schools

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