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My Turn: Make your voices heard and#8212; protect our music programs

Nancy Lopez
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; I am writing this with much gratitude, but also concern and a call for action, to support the music programs throughout our school district.

First, I offer a sincere thank you and letter of support for Claudia Waters, the music teacher at Glenshire Elementary School, where my children receive the highest quality of music instruction. Claudia is not just a special person, but the whole music program! Sadly. I have learned that Mrs. Waters from Glenshire and Mrs. Laurie Health from Tahoe Lake have both received pink slips for the 2012/2013 school year, and other music cuts are in place.

I am truly upset that what personnel at one school site in the district decide about cutting the music program at their school, affects other school sites and teachers. The choices that one school makes have created a domino effect for the other elementary schools, and that is not fair and balanced for our students or teachers.

Claudia Waters is an excellent music teacher who puts so much time, love, and dedication into her school teaching and performances. This experience helps our children grow smarter and wiser, with a better understanding of other cultures through the joy of music. As a professional artist, I have collaborated with Claudia and her talented chorus performers for Peace One Day and Trails and Vistas. As a mother, I value and cherish the student performances given throughout the year at plays and concerts.

And as a voter and supporter of Measure A, I was pleased to read in the March 22 TTUSD Newsletter and March 23 Sierra Sun that Measure A will not reduce funding for music programs, and will offer music at all levels in our schools. The funding for the arts, music, physical education and all other enrichment programs is the reason I voted for the Measure A Tax.

I would like to thank Claudia for her devotion to music instruction by creating a higher level of learning for our children. I am hopeful that Kathleen Gauthier, principal at Glenshire Elementary School, will be triumphant and succeed in protecting our music program that helps create a strong community of Glenshire students and families. Kathleen and Claudia are champions of the arts in our schools and community and wonderful educators who bring a creative spark of learning to each student at Glenshire Elementary School.

Also, thank you to all of the families reaching out to make sure that our music programs stay in place for our children next year and in the future for generations to come in our mountain community.

Please, parents … help us practice horn-tooting for something we all believe in! Make your voices heard, loud and clear! Your children will thank you, too.

Nancy Lopez is a Truckee resident.