Budget Cuts For School Music Programs: Solutions For Parents

The U.S. Education System, with its increasingly higher taxes, increasingly growing bureaucracy, and irresponsible spending cuts, has again returned to the music programs in schools for cutting the budget. Washington has basically mandated spending cuts across the country recently and as usual, the music program is the first to go when cutting school spending. Like any other time in history when it's time to cut the deficit, the poor helpless school music program gets slashed. These times are no different.

Many parents throughout the country have counted on school music programs to educate and to culture their children into being well-rounded and productive individuals. Certainly, there is a lot that parents can do to combat these budgets cuts such as writing letters to Washington and to their local schools and state representatives. While I support these ideas, I propose a different solution that would produce immediate results.

What You Can Do To Save Cash

First, I would like to say that I support music education in the school system. But if your school has cut its music program, I would suggest that you have your child take private music lessons outside of the school system. If you don't believe in the importance of music education, you will need to read some of my articles that discuss the benefits as it is backed up by scientific data. If you already understand its importance, then you are probably worried about the cost, and I can understand this.

With that in mind, I will show you how to minimize this cost so that your child doesn't get cheated out of a well-rounded education. I can understand that people are living on a strict budget these days and this would stop then from investing in music for their child. But in my opinion, the cost of music lessons really comes down to weighing priorities.

Private lessons with a music teacher could be seen as a costly investment to many parents. Beginner music students should really only be taking a 30-minute lesson. A half-hour lesson can cost anywhere between $15 and $30 depending where you live. That's $60-120 per month. If this is way too expensive, then I have a solution for you. If this is affordable to you, but you're not convinced that your child will be able to “stick” with it, I can help you with this too.

If the cost of paying for your child to study a musical instrument via private lessons is an issue, try this: (1) Pair up your child with another child and have them take a 30-minute private lesson. (2) Or form a group of 4 to 5 kids, and have them take a “group lesson” with a private instructor for 1 hour.

If you pair your child up with another one, you've just cut your cost in half. That way, if your child doesn't like it, then you would have made a less risky investment.

With a group lesson for example, everyone pays $10 and everyone wins! That's $40 a month on average for music lessons. It could even be less depending on where you live.

How much does a cell phone cost per month? How much does a video game cost? It's all about weighing priorities.

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the most enriching experiences that your child will have in their overall education. If cost is your main issue, there are ways around it as I just demonstrated.

If cost is not an issue, please get your child started in music now. We can't rely on our schools to provide us with every service possible. I am a firm believer in self-reliance. If your school cut the budget for the school music program, take matters into your own hands and get your child the music education he/she deserves outside of the school system.

Helpful Guide For Parents

A Parent's Guide: How To Get Your Child Started In Music
A Parent's Guide: How To Get Your Child Started In Music

If you're interested in getting your child started in music, please make the investment and try my ebook. You can get a free audio version of the book if you order at my website: http://www.tonysmusicbooks.com/Parents-Guide-Deluxe-Version-Ebook-MP3-201101.htm

 

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Dame Scribe 4 years ago from Canada

I would also recommend a meeting between parents and school to see exactly where the $$'s are spent. For our area, 60% went on salaries adding more staff. Maybe ask the music teacher if s/he would opt for giving private lessons. Great tips!


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TheMusiconomy 4 years ago from New York City Author

That's a great idea Dame! A meeting between the school and parents to see where the budget cuts are and where the monies are being spent is a great way to fight for inclusion of music ed in the curriculum.

Going to the music teacher at the school is also a good idea depending on what instrument that teacher specializes in. If the music teacher's main instrument is the piano, then see if he/she would provide private piano lessons.

If your child wants to learn a different instrument, you could still ask that teacher for a recommendation of another teacher who specializes in guitar, violin, etc.

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