INVITATION TO JOIN CANDY (COALITION for ARTS NOW FOR DC PUBLIC SCHOOL YOUTH)
This resolution supports the inclusion of
standards-based music education in the required curriculum of D.C. elementary
schools. It was passed by the members of the D.C. Congress of Parents and
Teachers Associations (DCPTA) at their annual convention in May 2000 in
collaboration with CHIME (Community Help In Music Education). We invite you to
submit it to the Board and membership of your organization for endorsement.
Please join our coalition whose immediate goal is to get commitment from
the Superintendent of DC Public Schools and relevant public officials to implement
the music standards adopted for DCPS by including music instruction in the required
curriculum for all elementary school children. Many of these officials have give
verbal support for this goal; we would like them to follow up with the plans
to realize it. This is just a first step in the long-run goal of including other
arts, as well as music, in the curriculum at all grade levels.
Because of growing public realization of the value of the arts in education,
we believe that NOW is time for the arts community, parents, and other concerned
constituencies to insist on our shared belief that the arts should be restored to
a core role in the education of every child. Indeed, the majority of adults
erroneously believe that music and other arts are still part of the elementary
school curriculum, as they were in their own school-days. We support an initial
emphasis on music education in the primary grades because of the importance of
beginning training early for those with professional aspirations and because of
the beneficial impact early music training has been shown to have on intellectual,
social, and character development and academic performance.
Without exposure to our musical heritages in school, where will future patrons of
performing and composing musicians come from? Already classical music and jazz are being
cut from our radio stations, new CD production is falling, and audiences for serious
music are graying and dwindling. Many music organizations have, or wish to have, outreach
programs into the public schools, but unless there is a curriculum to relate to and
reinforce, isolated presentations are not likely to have lasting impact.
Cultural tourism will surely play an increasingly important role in the economic
development of our city. This means there will be many new desirable employment
opportunities that are arts-related. Our public school children should be able to
develop their capacities for expressive creativity into rewarding occupations and
sources of life-long enjoyment.
YES, I WISH TO JOIN CANDY (Coalition for Arts Now for DCPS Youth) AND HELP
PUT THE ARTS IN THE CORE DCPS CURRICULUM
Would the Board of your organization...
- Endorse the resolution to put music
education into the required D.C. public elementary school curriculum to
implement music standards adopted by DCPS?
Yes ____ No ____
- Sign the petition and circulate
it to your members?
Yes ____ No ____
- Wish to join CANDY and help with this campaign?
Yes ____ No ____
If so, please give us the name of a liaison person and their contact information.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE AND FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT.
Please return this form either by mail to
1789 Lanier Place NW #3
Washington, DC 20009
or by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, call us at 202-232-2731.