Proposed ICCSD Budget Cuts Would Affect School Music Programs
April 9th, 2014
The Iowa City Music Auxiliary opposes any district changes to music education, either classroom or performance, which will decrease the number of students involved in music education and the length of time students are able to participate in music performance ensembles.
At this time we are proud of our statistics:
- 65% of Junior high students participate in performance programs
- 37% of high school students participate in performance programs
The many accolades received by the students of the ICCSD Music Program are a direct reflection of the quality of the program, it's instructors and the support of the community. City and West high have both been designated Grammy Signature Gold Schools.
Our elementary band and orchestra programs are already bare bones. Students only receive one group lesson and one large group rehearsal a week.
Cutting a year of the orchestra program is not a "budget adjustment" but rather devastating program cut. Approx. 450 students participate in the 4th grade orchestra program.
Numerous scientific studies show the correlation between participation in music and increased student creativity and innovation, better social skills, better school attendance, better academic performance, standardized test performance and overall quality of life.
Cutting the music program flies in the face of the ICCSD Fine Arts Policy adopted by the school board in December, which states, "On average, the number and percent of students from the sub group of poverty will increase in voluntary participation in one or more of the arts forms."
Music education is not an enrichment activity only for those that can afford it.
We urge the ICCSD School Board to take 4th grade orchestra off the table.
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Position Statement Regarding Semesters vs. Trimesters
We the board members of the Iowa City Music Auxiliary—a voluntary parent organization supporting the music programs in the Iowa City Community School District—believe all students benefit throughout their lifetime from the pursuit of learning, creating, performing, and sharing music.
At this time a large percentage of students in our district participate in curricular music classes at the junior high and high school level. This level is excellent, commendable, and note-worthy at the local, state, and national level.
Therefore it is our position that it is in the best interest of the significant number of students pursuing music education in the Iowa City Community School District that the trimester system continue as is. Specifically we support the trimester system because of these concerns with the proposed semester system:
- Decreased student access to all electives including music curricular classes,
- Decreased enrollment in all music curricular classes,
- Weakening of current quality levels for music curricular performing groups when enrollment is impacted by a 33% change in class options,
- Lack of clear and reliable enrollment possibilities put forth by the district to maintain overall elective involvement through increased early bird choices and summer school options,
- Decreased options for students enrolling in more than one music curricular class, and
- Decreased student differentiation opportunities, creative outlets, emotional intelligence opportunities, exploration, and overall opportunities to be educated as a whole human being.
Donor Inserts at Music Events
Every year, we print donor inserts that get put into the music programs for all school music events. In those inserts, we list our supporters (unless requested as anonymous) based on the level of the donation we received from the donor. Typically, we update this 2 times every year. We make every effort to ensure that each insert reflects all of our donors at the time that it is printed. For logistical reasons, we need to print these inserts in large batches, so if your donation arrived after the date indicated on the insert, you would not be listed.
Click here to view the most current insert that should be in the music programs at upcoming concerts (the current insert only includes donations that were entered into our database as of 1/28/2014)
We have also implemented an online version of our donor list that is more up-to-date than the printed insert. If you think your name should be on the list and it isn't, please let us know and be patient with us while we go back through our records to ensure you are on the list.
We appreciate the continued support from all of our community members.
CAR WASH FUNDRAISER 2013 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
The Iowa City Music Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the entire Iowa City, North Liberty and Coralville area that came out to support the Iowa City Music Auxiliary at our annual car wash on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
The car wash is our only fundraising event of the year. Together with the help of the districts performance directors, countless parents and students we spent the day washing cars at 6 locations throughout the entire community.
We’d like to thank all who participated in supporting the Music Auxiliary and the performance music programs, especially the businesses that hosted the event; HyVee Food Stores in Iowa City on North Dodge and 1st Avenue; Sherwin-Williams on Highway 6 East in Iowa City; Two Rivers Bank and Trust in Coralville; and The University of Iowa Community Credit Unions on Mormon Trek Blvd. and West Penn St. in North Liberty. Their support contributes to the wonderful performance music programs we have in our schools.
Formed in 1934, the Iowa City Music Auxiliary (ICMA) is a voluntary parent organization dedicated to the support and enrichment of all performance music programs in the Iowa City Community School District from elementary through high school. In the words of one of the district's Music Directors, the ICMA “touches the lives of every single Band, Choir, and Orchestra student in the district” by funding technology in the classroom, transportation costs to events and enrichment activities.