According to Angela Deines, journalist, in her article for The Capital-Journal she writes that in Kansas due to the budget cuts the school districts have all been impacted differently. After talking to members of the KMEA (Kansas Music Educators Association) she was informed that the music positions in the schools are being cut since 2007 where 185 positions were cut. The largest of the reductions occurred the academic year of 2009-2010 where 124 positions where cut in one year. Mike Quilling ,the vice president, of the KMEA did a survey to see how the remaining teachers were doing after the program cuts. Fifty percent of the survey respondents reported having a reduced travel budget, twenty percent said that more responsibility was asked of them without compensation, eighteen percent had to increase to cover costs that the district was no longer covering and nineteen percent said they were asked to teach outside their areas of expertise (Deines). These statistics helped to support the vice presidents argument when approaching the school board to consider having less program/job cuts in the music department. Quilling argues, “We are speaking for a large majority of music teachers across the state, we at the local level are trying to remind administrators and board members that music is a core subject.”
As future music educators of America, we find these statics very disturbing. How is it possible that board members and administrators are so quick to cut fine arts programs, when they are such a big part of society? Music is a part of everyday life, its is an enjoyable subject to learn because it incorporates something students do everyday, listen to music. Teaching jobs are being cut all across the country. Even though these numbers come from Kansas and not statistics of the entire country, as music students we have experienced the effects of the budget cuts. These cuts have taken away the resources needed for the students involved in the music departments throughout the country. For instance, with budget cuts throughout the district there is a shortage of instruments, method books, funding for educational trips and master classes. When the educators do not have the funds or resources to help the students build skills in their craft, there is a loss of interest because one does not have the eagerness to make progress if they are barely learning. Schools feel that the fine art programs are not as necessary as lets say extra curricular activities such as athletic teams. However, these skills learned from the music programs statistically prove that they help students excel in other core subjects. Such as in mathematic course because math is a big part of music, with having the skills to understand music theory, how to identify time signatures, and identifying note values. Music as well as other art programs allow the students to express their creative sides. It allows them to have that balance between the subjects that are more wearing on their minds, and the arts allow the students to relax while still exercising their minds.