Student members of the Collegiate Music Educators Association (CMEA) at Colorado State University-Pueblo will fill a need for instrumental music education in at least one area school this semester with hopes of expanding to other schools.
According to CMEA President Kimberly Carr, music students have agreed to teach band and orchestra twice a week to students in grades three through eight at St. Therese Catholic School in partnership with Marck Time Music, which will provide rented instruments. With the elimination of instrumental music programs at many local schools, Carr hopes to find a use for the instruments that are sitting idle.
After officials at St. Therese approached the music department seeking private instrument lessons, the student organization agreed that the instruction would be a great community service project for them.
In 1996, the film Mr. Holland’s Opus
served as a platform to discuss the status of music education in our nation’s schools. The students see this instruction program in a similar light
“We’re taking on St. Therese to test the program, and if it works well, we hope to add other schools. We want to show the school districts that it’s not about a lack of money, but putting time and effort into the arts,” Carr said. “With music instruction falling victim to budget cuts, this is our way of showing how important music has been to each of us and how important music is to a balanced educational experience.”
Instruction will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school 3-3:45 p.m. starting Oct. 9. Other schools interested in future instruction may call Carr at 719-244-2232 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org