The London schools music program is moving up the scale, and boosters see a need for at least two more music professionals on the staff.
Two officers of the London Music Boosters — president Jeff Gates and treasurer Cynthia Boyd — presented the organization’s annual report during the London City Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Tuesday.
The district’s music program is on the rise. The report showed middle school and high school musicians have been scoring higher marks, superior or excellent, in contests.
The boosters fund numerous activities, including marching band, choir trips and musicals.
The benefits of music manifest themselves in math, language, history, reading and science, Gates said.
While there have many forward strides in the program, the loss of two professionals — from five down to three — hits a low note, he said.
Coverage in the elementary music program is thin, with one teacher per 1,000 students. Middle school has no general music and students must choose either choir or band, he said.
At the high school level, losses due to lack of personnel include music theory, jazz band and drama class.
While numerous music supplementals have been reinstated, the program can’t grow if students are not exposed to music at an early age and often, Gates said.
“The arts are important,” he said. “It’s a passion for us. The future for the arts are the kids who are here now. We show it’s important by participating, trying to get as many opportunities for our kids as possible.
Board president Marv Homan thanked the boosters for their presentation.
“We appreciate what you’ve accomplished, and what you hope to accomplish,” he said.
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