Students across Rhode Island will now have more access to music education and music ensembles after the RI Department of Education (RIDE) issued updated guidance this week.
RIMEA extends its thanks to the students, teachers and parents that spoke out about the need for music education and performance.
These activities are vital for the education and well-being of thousands of students. Based on a survey by RIMEA this winter, we saw a staggering 70% reduction from last year when there were over 25,000 playing music! Music and the other arts, are currently the most prevalent academic subjects that people, and children in particular, are turning to, in order to ease stress, find comfort, and express feelings during this challenging time.
We appreciate RIDE and RIDOH incorporating RIMEA's feedback and suggestions into the development of their guidance.
Pages 21 and 22 have the specifics for music.