by UNCENSORED NEWS
| April 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm
School budgets across America have suffered greatly in recent years. Music and Art programs, and sports curriculms for every grade level in high schools have been cut out of the budget and this has greatly impacted our future generation of musical enthusiasts. Many non-profit groups have developed in search of benefactors to help bring back money for students to learn musical talents which not only gives them a chance to determnine where there artistic strengths are but, helps each individual child to better themselves in other areas of learning. The performing arts helps to promote team spirit and school spirit which enhances self-esteem. A survey completed in 2009 highlighted various problems across the nation regarding many school's and the lack of funding, its' budget cuts and issues that effect all states across America.http://www.schoolmusicmatters.com
is a website reflecting some of the responses from schools and parents after budget cuts have nearly seized all future opportunities for aspiring high school artists. One high school recently shoveled through their financial problems in the drama department by gaining the support of the entire town. Businesses and parents have contributed to the Billerica Fine Arts Department which has helped their school continue its fine acting and musical department. Recently, the students performed "42nd Street" with rave reviews. No matter how bleak education budgets have been many community members in this town have continued its program for the high school and this success has brought style and poise back to its drama students.
Arizona - Music, art, p.e., and library were at the top of the list of cuts. The students in our district will be hurt tremendously, and there is little hope of reviving programs.
Arkansas - This year parents from our school district revived a non-profit organization called, "Joyful Note Music Education Foundation" (www.joyfulnote.org) in an effort to raise money for our program. This non-profit was started several years ago by our music director in an effort to support music education.
Massachusetts - We are VERY lucky to have a Curriculum Director who is an arts person and will fight for us.
Billerica, MA - This large group of young and talented Billerica high school students learn to act, sing and dance in the likeness of true and eager artists who still participate in their everyday studies, doing so because of the fun they have and the team spirit that is built through the arts. Pianist and freshman Alec Sennott offers his talent and time to add lighthearted music. His experience shined through as he doubles in dancing, singing and acting.