May 14, 2010 RWB joined My Stranger Face
May 14, 2010 RWB commented on Make Art Anyway.
Yeah.. there are some facts here. Good job.

I am a music teacher in the Seattle District.
I am not sure if everyone knows ... BUT... private lessons and excellent groups like Musicians Corps are NOT the only place where music education happens in Seattle. Who do you think drives around all day long with instruments in their cars from elementary to elementary starting kids out??? Public school music teachers at all grade levels put in countless hours (a lot unpaid volunteer time) working with students of all colors interested in music. With growth and awareness of the public with this issue, I hope people understand that music teachers are still teaching and trying to reach all. The budget allowed for a music teachers presence in the starting grades is MINIMAL to all colors of students. Get on board with making instruments as common as books and football pads if you really want to see a change for all of the kids that are part of the Seattle School District.