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a petition to save orchestra (or a way to nicely ask for needed changes when the district is clueless)
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12_gk-2pE-vFUZtJW4bNf7pRPkQGZyaCRuzwP9Irpyuw/edit?usp=sharing
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We, the community of ____________________________ have joined our voices together to help you understand how orchestra
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is a vital part of __________(city or school or school district) and to emphasize that to cut it or otherwise damage its sustainability
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would have unintended ramifications for many years to come.
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Orchestra forms the backbone of instruction for many students, for all of their courses, because it teaches young people how to express themselves
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yet enhances their lives and the lives of others in many ways. Statistically speaking, music students perform better on exams than the norm.
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190624111504.htm
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As you know, it takes many years of practice and patience to be able to play stringed instruments well. But this has very positive effects
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not only on students' overall well-being, but has a trickle-down effect for in-coming classes of younger students.
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To state just a few examples, students who participate in orchestra learn the skills necessary for leadership roles in the future. Orchestra students
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learn that people wtih differing viewpoints and ideas can successfully work together and produce quality, even beautiful, work.
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Orchestra students also learn to manage themselves as well, in ways such as planning their time wisely so that they get their practicing done
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with enough time to study other subjects, attend concerts and be prepared for rehearsal. Another way students in orchestra learn to manage
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themselves is by regulating their emotions, learning to express them appropriately and when necessary, for example when one finds
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a performance or a classmate's work done well, learning to give genuine praise. But not only do students learn to praise each other and
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recognize their own progress, students in orchestra learn to evaluate themselves and others fairly and conscientiously, of course due to the
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caring and professional educational expertise applied by their orchestra teachers.
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Another point which needs to be considered is the fact that school orchestra students also enrich our community in valuable ways. By their hard-won
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efforts, and the support of their teachers and families, orchestra students provide music for many special occasions, such as ____________
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It is also a well-established fact that orchestra students' brains are improved because of the many processes which simultaneously
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occur in manipulating a bowed-stringed instrument.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201311/musical-training-optimizes-brain-function
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It also helps ward off cognitive decline later in life.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170601192721.htm
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Taking away this program would do some serious damage to the education of our youth and future classes. Damaging the program now means
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that there will be fewer students in it, and fewer students joining it. In fact, our string teachers need your utmost help and kindness to help them
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sustain our existing program and to recruit new students during this difficult time.
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We believe that with your help and leadership, our school orchestra program can be sustained and supported, but not without your conscious
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awareness of its special needs to be able to move forward successfully. Details which have not been considered must be taken into consideration
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in consultation with our string specialist(s) _________________________________________
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We urge you to reconsider the plans that have been made, in order to sustain one of the most important courses our students can take,
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because taking this away or forcing students to risk their health vs taking other college prep courses is neither considerate, nor kind, nor
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upholding values that we all hold dear.
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We hope very much that our orchestra program will be as supported as possible during this difficult time, because it is a course which brings
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light, hope, joy and vision to our community now and with support, it will for future generations.
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Sincerely
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