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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000578.txt from 2001/05

From: "Jeff Young" <kay10@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] School Board
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 17:45:28 -0400

I agree with your original message about the choir, but not the band. With
all of the football games, pep band, and jazz band, there are lots of
activities that are extracurricular.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <kevinfay@-----.com>
Subject: RE: [kl] School Board

Jeff Young posted:

<<<The Athletic Department at my school is telling band and choir
students that the letters that they earn in band or choir are not as
important as athletic letters, so therefore the students that have band
and choir letters are being required to get a different letter
jacket.>>>

I understand that the kids may view this as a slight. IMHO, however,
the best course of action would be to not award "letters" for
participation in band and choir at all. Doing so gives the message that
music is an extracurricular activity, as opposed to an academic subject
that *ought* to be a core part of the curriculum.

As to the "less important" part, you can point out to the kids that it's
very possible to earn "letters" in music. Letters like "BA" "MA" and
"DMA"; even PhD. I've yet to meet anyone who has been awarded a
doctorate in wrestling or football.

kjf

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