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Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 2464
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

when i was a kid- 1962 to be exact my elementary school had both a band and orchestra. thats when i first played bass.I was 9. went to junior high school and high school and played bass there.

i'm just wondering if regular schools (not performing arts etc)have any kind of music programs these days.

Maybe the world would be a better place if they did.
Advanced Member
Username: jagerphan84

Post Number: 309
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 11:16 am:   Edit Post

I graduated from a public high school in 2002 and was active in the concert band, jazz band, choir, marching band, pit band (drama club). There was also an orchestra, though much smaller than the concert band. My elementary school still has band, orchestra and chorus, as far as I know. All students were actually REQUIRED to take at least one music credit in my high school.
Intermediate Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 119
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

My Godson at his school in Long Island has one. And he takes full advantage. The kids ROCKS.
Plays the Bass like his Uncle
Intermediate Member
Username: sparechaynge

Post Number: 104
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post

My high school has a pretty good music program, Jazz and Concert band, and a pit band for the plays. There is a music production program that was started just before i graduated, but to my knowledge it's not going well. The music & arts depts. aren't nearly as well funded as the sports or tv production programs, but there is a move to change that. I sure hope it works!
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1356
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 2:51 pm:   Edit Post

We just built a new high school 2 years ago; the performing arts wing is almost as big & fancy as the jock wing. The theater has sound gear on a level with most of what I used as pro. There are several choirs, as well as marching, concert, symponic, & jazz bands - plus wind & percussion ensembles. A great program.

Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1825
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 - 4:52 am:   Edit Post

The middle schools and high schools in my area all have band and choir programs of one type or another as electives.

It is either in the 4th or 5th grade that all elementary students go through a basic music appreciation program where they learn to play the recorder. Other than this two week program I do not believe there is any other regular elementary school music classes.

I'd like to see more mandatory formal music programs in schools as studies have shown it improves math comprehension and performance.


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