MUSIC THE UGLY DUCKLING OF SCHOOLS CURRICULUM 

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Why Is Music Always Being Cut From School And What Is Our Nonprofit Organization  Doing To Help Make Music Matter For Kids?

Although many schools across the country are still cutting programs like marching band, choir, and orchestra, many students have little to no interest in it. I love rock and roll, you love rock and roll and there are many talented children inspired by today's modern and classic rock. From the 1960s Beatles Chuck Berry to 80 rock bands Metallica, U2, Ozzy Osborn, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. Artists like Freddie Mercury, James Hetfield, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. The list goes on and on, with many still alive and able to reclaim much of rock and roll history, and piece music legacy back to as early as icons like Elvis Presley the king of rock, inspired by country music, even more by blues, gospel, and rhythm-and-blues, including the Memphis radio, shows hosted by such local disc jockeys as B.B. King and Rufus Thomas, both of whom also sang live during their broadcasts. Along with Micheal Jackson, known as the king of pop and one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century, but yet schools across the country are teaching 18th-century music curriculum marching band for high school football games. Funny how during NFL games you will hear the intro to Ozzy's Crazy Tran and crowds stomping the bleachers and clapping to Queens we will rock you.

The fact that many schools across the country are still cutting programs like marching band, choir, and orchestra, there are many students who have little to no interest in those courses.

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Through these difficult times, we have achieved more with our initiatives than ever before. With many new exciting projects underway to help improve the lives of others. We are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about the online community, volunteer opportunities, whom we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.

MMMFK - Electric Music City "inspired by Nashville's Music City" We are developing an interactive online community of advocate supporters across the USA Revolutionizing Music Education. Thanks to Google's generous support we are able to reach hundreds of volunteers, music teachers, parents, school officials, musicians, and community leaders to help us advance in the support to highlight outstanding efforts in music education for kids. Making Music Matter For Kids is using the same key strategies and essential elements that have been used by many thriving music cities large and small across the country.

Electric Music City Studio, live will be streaming across the USA Keeping us all together, working to foster lasting improvement & empower passionate young people by emphasizing music's amazing benefits and a strong focus on supporting their talents. We must not outsource creativity, we must make sure that all children have access to the arts and music education based on passion, not income. The country can’t afford to go on this way much longer. The country needs young people with constructive imaginations and it is time we insist that school leaders and legislators stop throwing around words like “innovative” and “creative” and instead begin to model that behavior themselves; through creative scheduling and divorce from standardizing our kids in order to measure their growth. The truth is that a child's only disadvantage is that the system has failed, it's time for change and we hope you join us.

The Truth About Why Music and Arts Education Continues To Be Cut From Schools!

Sadly enough for years, music classes have been the ugly ducklings of schools curriculum, the last courses to be added and first to be cut. Music has always taken second place to traditional academic classes. Music however has been proved to be extremely beneficial time and time again, from the undeniable improvement in grades regarding traditional academic classes and the growing remarks from music students everywhere. In an ever-changing world, America can not afford to cut the arts, without creative minds the rest is pointless. Music education is a required component in all school districts but not mandated in many states and while it's proven to provide many academic, social, and personal benefits unfortunately it's not, and most of us feel we have little if any influence on the decision, so there’s a general feeling of powerlessness, What can’t be denied is that ultimately, cutting music from the curriculum is wrong and denies many students a vital resource that would benefit them at every stage of their lives and not just in the classroom.

Schools Are Not Innovative - the value systems in schools are outdated, the fact that we are living in the fast-paced 21st century, and schools stuck teaching 19th-century music remains operational despite the fact that it has become outdated and irrelevant. Superintendents and school boards cut music programs because of weak programs, along with a lack of support from parents, which makes music an easy target, especially when budgets are tight.

Value Systems Outdated - Administrators admit music is important, but many don't actually believe that the school curriculum would be lacking if music was excluded. Those leading education reforms are inadequately armed. Most children are highly talented and creative who think they’re not because the thing they are good at school doesn’t value. We can’t afford to go this way, and it is time we insist our school leaders and legislators stop throwing around words like “innovative” and “creative” and instead begin to model that behavior themselves; through creative scheduling and divorce from standardizing our kids in order to measure their growth. 

Underperformed  Music Programs -  Math, English, and other subjects are never cut, it doesn’t matter if teachers are effective. The arts face the challenge of proving and justifying their actions. A bad music program is worse than none, there's nothing worse than a poor musical experience. The effects of a failed music program are easy to spot; students quit.  Keeping a music program alive and well requires a great teacher, one that builds a community around the program, thereby making it very difficult to cut.

Short-Sighted Approach to Budget Constraints - Music classes tend to have higher student-teacher ratios, and cutting them will trigger the need for elective classes with low student-teacher ratios that will be more costly. In other words, while cutting music programs may be seen as a quick fix for budget issues, it actually has negative financial implications. Cutting a music teacher results in more teachers needing to be hired later to provide elective classes with low student-teacher ratios.  The cuts end up being myopic and bringing back the music program once its cut is rare and difficult to do.