Posted June 24, 2015
OnnJune 23rd the RI State House made history in curriculum for music education. They voted 72-0 and passed the Music Performance Bill No. 5776 Sub A which states:
16-22-27. Availability of instruction in musical performance education. - All secondary public schools including middle schools, or any other secondary schools managed and controlled by the state, are strongly encouraged to offer as a part of the curriculum, courses in performing arts, including musical ensembles, such as band, chorus, orchestra and other performance ensembles, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.
Senator Roger Picard and Representative Michael Morin worked very hard to get this passed for us. According to Representative Morin, it is a step in the right direction but the fight is not over. Next year we will work on adding "*All secondary school principals shall meet with the music department to analyze student scheduling to maximize music performing ensembles within the school curriculum."
Your calls and emails to the Representatives were heard! Every single person supported this bill! AS OF JULY 1st, THIS WILL BE A LAW!
Congratulations music educators, we are making history and everyone will know that RI supports music education. YOU are supported by many.