A few weeks ago the 18 elementary school instrumental music teachers in the Granite School District were assembled in a room and informed by district leaders that the renowned elementary music program they had worked so hard to foster will be terminated, and that their jobs as full-time instrumental music teachers would be terminated as well.
This comes despite news reports and Granite School District's Facebook postings to the contrary. As we all remember, only a highly effective grass-roots effort prevented this from occurring three years ago.
Now it seems the district is working in a far more subversive way, warning these teachers that this is a done deal. The teachers have been assured by district officials that every effort will be made to retain them and place them in jobs within the district. This seems unlikely, due the highly specialized nature of their training. It seems so misguided now of all times when study after study is showing the powerful effects of studying a musical instrument early, and how these positive effects last a lifetime.