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Save Music in Monterey Schools!

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Besides the Monterey Peninsula being well known for its sprawling coastline, it is a major catalyst for the arts (Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Reggae Festival, Monterey Pop Festival, etc.). With such a notable list of festivals and other musical events, one might think that music in the schools would be top priority for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD). However, the situation could not be more catastrophically different. With increasing budget cuts for all music departments within the Monterey Peninsula burdening all students and teachers of the musical arts, the impending end of music in the Monterey Peninsula is closer than any could imagine. All funding for music departments within MPUSD will be cut. Teachers that have dedicated their lives to making a difference in children's lives will be fired. Students will not have the opportunities which music allows to pursue their musical passions, to gain necessary life experience, express their emotions, develop a work ethic, and use their minds in a beautiful way. It has been proven that music influences students in an extremely positive way, from higher grades to enriched feelings of happiness and fulfillment. Music develops the culture and identity of all. Sign the petition, write a letter, make a phone call, make your voice heard!


I started this petition because of my personal connection with Monterey Unified School District. I grew up in Monterey, my mother has been a music teacher in the district for over 25 years, and I have taken full advantage of what was offered to me in the music departments of the schools I attended. I was lucky enough to start music in elementay school, continued to study music throughout high school, and now am studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Music has helped me become my own person, allowed me the opportunities to travel the world, establish everlasting friendships, and develop a career for myself that will help me live a plentiful and happy life. I only hope that music can be saved for the schools in Monterey Peninsula so that many others can grow and experience that beauty that music offers.

Links - Monterey Unified School District's homepage with contact inofrmation available. -A discussion group for those with facebook accounts. -Homepage for Monterey City Council.
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