Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Buffalo Public School District is planning to cut instrumental music in 14 of the 28 schools where its offered. This is not sitting well with students, teachers and financial supporters. The district could lose out on donations from these groups.
In an open letter to Superintendent Pamela Brown, leaders from seven different foundations say the district's decision to cut these music programs for the upcoming school year will result in these groups withholding donations. This letter claims children who are involved with music education are better behaved and perform better on standardized tests. Parents and students agree, hoping the district will reconsider the cuts.
"You can express yourself through your music. It's fun, entertaining and you meet new kids. You just have a blast," student Patricia Shields said.
Holland's Opus Foundation and VH1's Save the Music Foundation have directly contributed instruments worth more than $1.2 million. VH1's Save the Music Foundation has also provided one million dollars to jump start music programs in 40 Buffalo school.
Students, teachers and other advocates for keeping music in schools are expected to lobby for funding restoration at a board meeting, Wednesday night.