Community Help in Music Education (CHIME)


We, the undersigned, are parents, care-givers, teachers, artists, taxpayers, residents, and citizens of the District of Columbia.

We agree that all the arts—music, dance, drama, visual arts, and literature—are vital to the proper education of our children. Arts education will enrich the lives of all as well as provide the gateway to fulfilling careers for some. Studies show that training in the arts has a beneficial effect on a student's entire educational experience, including performance on the currently mandated standardized tests. Early music instruction has been shown to have a particularly important positive influence on intellectual, social, and character development.

We regret that in recent decades music and other arts education has been removed from the core curriculum and treated as a “frill.” It has fallen victim to budget cuts and a narrowing of the curriculum to focus on preparing children for standardized tests in reading and math. Most adults find it hard to believe that the schools no longer give the music and arts training that they had in school, and that made our DC school bands and other ensembles such a source of community pride.

We want all public servants involved with the educational system of the District of Columbia to work with us to provide access to arts education for all DCPS students, based on clear curriculum guidelines and adopted standards. As a first step, we want you NOW to endorse the resolution passed by the membership of the DC Congress of PTAs last May calling for music education to be included in the required DCPS elementary school curriculum, and to implement it without delay.

We pledge to support the efforts of elected and appointed officials to provide access to arts instruction for all our children — inside and outside of school.

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Community Help in Music Education (CHIME) • 1789 Lanier Pl. • Suite 3 • Washington, DC • 20009