Don't stop the music : the mission to keep music education in public schools

Chelsea Metreyeon, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


California’s ongoing budget crisis has hit public education hard. Schools all across the state and locally in Monterey have had to decide how and where to use their money given to them by the state and federal governments. Unfortunately, music programs have become the first on the chopping block, which is depriving future generations from developing to their fullest potential. Through interviews and observations at Bay View Academy, it was learned that music education at this unique school is a vital part of education and is one such program that will never be cut. Although the music program at Bay View is up and going, fine tuning and the implementation of effective lesson plans were needed to better use the limited resources and enhance the students’ learning experiences.