Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


This paper focuses on the consequences of cutting music programs in K-12 public schools. Music programs in K-12 public schools are one of the first things talked about when talking about cuts in the district. There are positive effects to cutting music programs which are: budgeting and funding, the decision makers not understanding the effect it has on students, and the lack of teachers. The decision makers have to look at how much money they have and how to distribute it. In some school district offices, administrators don’t go into the schools to see how the students are doing in their classes and in the environment; they only go by what it says on paper. The negative effects of cutting music programs are: students lose motivation to go to school, they lose an outlet of creativity and expression, and their academics suffer. Within every person there is a motivation and a drive that they have to keep them going. Many students are going through many things in life, either personally or something at home. There are many things that students can turn to that will help a bit, but the most common thing that students turn to is music. With music programs being cut and some being on the verge, there are many ways to help save them before the process happens. In K-12 public schools, the community is very much involved. There have to be plans made in order to find solutions to help save it. Although the reasons for cutting music programs are strong on all sides of the situation, there are ways to save the program. Music programs are constantly getting cut all around the world. Music programs help students in many ways. There are ways to save it, but it takes everyone around to help.