Congratulations to Meagan Bruno, elementary teacher at West Allegheny School District who has been elected as the new PMEA District 1 Vice President. Meagan will serve as vice president from 2021-2023, president from 2023-2025, and immediate past-president from 2025-2027. Thank you to our members who made nominations and who voted.
For many, living through this pandemic illuminated the invaluable need for in-person learning and how easily the social, emotional and creative needs of students can be diminished with reduced access to equitable and quality arts education. Reductions to music programs undermine vital aspects of a well-rounded and rigorous education.
Instead of reducing, educators should consider the potential within reinstating and/or increasing arts (in particular music) education programs.
Quality music education provides:
• unparalleled social and emotional learning opportunities through self-expression and self-reflection inherent and unique to music performance.
• unique curricula for students of varying ability to collaborate within the music-making process.
• a link for students to their school and community culture through music performance.
• a primary means for pro-social identity development for students as music classes often are considered a “home away from home.”
hese are possible with consistent, equitable access to subject-specific preK-12 certified music teachers. These educators alone have the expertise to cater music curricula to meet the varied needs of their students and community at large. Educators should consider this before cuts.
Those who need help advocating for their music programs are welcome to join the Seton Hill University music education faculty for a free advocacy webinar at www.setonhill.edu/academics/undergraduate- programs/music-education-bm/.
Jessica Vaughan-Marra and Christopher M. Marra
The writers are music faculty members at Seton Hill University. This letter was also signed by faculty members Mark A. Boyle, Kathleen Campbell, Ted DiSanti, Laurie Fox, Edward M. Kuhn Jr., Sarah McMeekin and Kellee Van Aken.
“ The Farina Foundation and Johnstonbaugh Music Center have partnered to give away a beautiful Cello to a student in need.
If you are a music teacher, and have a student in mind please fill out the application at the following link: https://www.johnstonbaughs.com/topic.aspx?name=cello-donation