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Save music education at west stokes high school

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My daughter is a senior at West Stokes High School in King, NC. She has been involved in honors chorus all 4 years, and they have been blessed with some very knowledgeable teachers during that time. So much that my daughter has gained a love for music so deep that she wishes to major in music education with a concentration in choral music when she goes to college next year. The honors chorus has received superior ratings every spring when they have performed at festival. However this year, just prior to the school year starting, a new teacher was hired for the choral and theater department whose background is theater only and openly admits she doesn't know music or how to conduct. The choral class is at this point for a lack of a better word, a self taught class. One of the students conducts the choir at concerts... every song, every concert. My fear is that all of the class is filled with seniors who are getting ready to graduate. What will this mean next year and beyond for the students who will have the opportunity to move up to honors chorus, if there even is one at the rate it is going. I feel these students are being done a hugh disservice by having a teacher that is not trained in the area in which she was hired to teach. Please sign my petition and demand that a proper teacher with the proper background and education be hired to take over the chorus program at West Stokes.

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