All students need music education

I would like to expand on the wonderful Saturday letter, “Make voices heard to save music programs,” by music specialist Ramona Hoff. The letter stated that music opportunities for students at the secondary level in the Marysville School District have diminished. I would like to add that these opportunities have diminished at the elementary level also.

Out of 10 elementary schools, only four offer weekly music classes to every student. Every other school has had its programs cut so that only some of the children get music and others get none. Whether or not a child receives a music education is based on where that child lives in Marysville. This is not equal education for all.

The school district’s vision is this: “Working together to ensure each student becomes a successful and productive citizen in a diverse society.” I applaud this vision but the district administrators need to realize that music is a part of our diverse society and that each child should be given equal access to a quality music education.

I know for a fact that there are parents who are pulling their kids out of the Marysville School District and enrolling them in neighboring districts. The reason is that the music programs are flourishing and supported in these other districts. Marysville loses state funding for each child that leaves the district. I would also like to point out that the neighboring communities have been able to pass their school levies. Marysville has not.

In the 27 years that I have been teaching, I have seen music education make a positive impact in the lives of students and the community. Music is considered a core subject at the state and federal level and I truly hope that district officials will soon realize the benefits of implementing a strong music program that will benefit students and the Marysville community.

Brenda Ehrhardt

Music Teacher

Sunnyside and Cascade Elementary Schools

Marysville School District