A traveling music and technology festival was in Philadelphia on Friday, giving high school students an arts experience they might not otherwise get because of budget cuts.
It was a bittersweet melody at Philadelphia School District headquarters as instrumental music teachers played a farewell concert. They are all being laid off due to budget cuts.
“I come from a family that wasn’t able to afford a drum set at the time,” says Ryan Crump, founder of the Philly Drum Project. “I understand the need.”
The Central Bucks School District is bidding farewell to a popular music teacher who taught thousands of students, including some who went on to fame of their own in various ways.
The cash-strapped Bristol Township (Pa.) school board is mulling over the end of music classes, and it’s not the only district in a bind. But critics say this solution is shortsighted.
Nearly three years after breaking ground, a prominent Philadelphia-area music school will be dedicating its new building in Montgomery County later this week.
The African-American Museum in Philadelphia has announced its new “Lens Legacy” program, which will allow kids to learn the roots of the music business.