Letters to the Editor
To the editor:
This is to all Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine helpers. A big thank you to all the organizations, food vendors, Midland Railway members and Baldwin City volunteers for the superb job you all did to make 2009 Day Out With Thomas a success.
It takes approximately 125-130 persons a day to make Day Out With Thomas run smoothly. We’ve had many comments on how well all venues were handled.
Thanks, again, for the successful year in 2009.
To the editor:
Although institutions are being faced with making cuts in programs because of reduced government funding, it is important that school music programs are not part of theses cuts for a numerous amount of reasons.
One of the most important reasons why these cuts should not be directed toward music is because music is a cross-curricular subject. It can literally be used in every subject, or any aspect of education. Music can be used in mathematics with division of notes and rests, counting beats, rhythms, meters, and the notation. Geometric shapes may be studied through dance and counting. All mathematical principles may be integrated with music.
Music also integrates well with social studies. Music has historical, geographical and social perspectives. It also has a history that has unfolded with time, not to mention much of our nation’s history is told through music. Music can also be very scientific. The scientific aspect of music deals with sound and acoustics, anatomical functions such as breathing, and music and motion are related to muscles and skeletal structure.
Music is also a universal language. Language arts use musical integration with songs to tell the stories of past and present, it can be a from of reading, as well as writing.
Music is one of the school programs that are in jeopardy because of funding cuts, however, children deserve the opportunity to participate spontaneously, enthusiastically and completely in the various aspects of music. No other life experiences can bring more thrills, enjoyment, or feelings of individual worth and self-completeness than in some or
all ares of music.