Dear Board Members:
My name is Brittany Graves. I am in eighth grade at John Adams Middle School and a percussionist in our Wind Ensemble. I have been playing percussion for my three years at John Adams (and I played the violin for two years at Grant) and hope to continue in high school. I believe that you should not cut the music in elementary schools music programs because that is where our kids get their start on music. Just look at our high school (Samohi) and how good all the musicians are there. Do you know where they started to become what they are now? Yeah, that’s right elementary school. As most of you know, the Samohi orchestra is performing at Chicago’s prestigious Midwest Clinic music convention, not to mention that this is the first time a California public high school has been invited there in half a century. And once again the kids in this ensemble have probably started in elementary school. I know that I have probably repeated myself over and over again, but I am hoping that I got my message across to you to not cut music from elementary schools!
I really hope that you will consider your decisions.
eighth-grade percussionist at John Adams Middle School