Early Childhood Music Program Launched in Parkland District

The program, for children 12 months to 5 years old, is being launched by a Springhouse Middle School teacher.

The Parkland School District is launching an Early Childhood Music Program for children 12 months to 5 years.

The program is being launched by Springhouse Middle School music teacher Alaina Prall for the Parkland community.

The 10-week First Steps in Music curriculum was designed by Dr. John Feierabend, an early childhood music specialist.

Children and parents participate in the classes together, learning songs, rhymes, and movement activities. No musical experience is necessary.

For more information and registration instructions, visit: http://www.parklandsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013earlychildhood_music.pdf

John February 06, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Ok, where to start? Need a few questions on this one. 1. Is there any reimbursement being paid to the instructors/director? If so, are these faculty paying any rent/usage fee for the building, chairs, lights, heat, music equipment (aka tax payers expenses)? 2. Where does he $90 tuition go, if not the instruction? The PSD school taxes went up this past August by 3%, and programs such as tutoring were cut due to "budget cuts". Our sports teams facilities (including the grass pastures -non-turf) facilities will all begin looking like flea markets, as they sell space for advertising at these venues, due to "budget cuts". Finally, whether faculty is getting supplemental income or not, which I assuming they are, can any Parkland taxpayer utilize a school facility (such as a gymnasium) for the sole benefit of providing instruction in sports, business, art, drama? If so, I might "donate my time" in providing instruction to our school board and administrators regarding business skills in negotiation and budgeting. I will entitle it "Negotiating and Budgeting in the Private Sector".
Bobbo February 07, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Where to start John? I would suggest you either contact the district's Administration Office or attend the next meeting of the Parkland School District to get your questions answered. Then, with the facts in hand, you can accurately address your concerns. I really don't think asking loaded questions in this forum will do much more than to demonstrate your preconceived bias against education, the school district, administrators, teachers and/or the arts.
Bobbo February 07, 2013 at 05:43 AM
The pain of rising taxes lies at the feet of the Commonwealth's government who passed the funding shortfalls on to the local school districts.
Bobbo February 07, 2013 at 05:52 AM
And that comes from a fiscally conservative Republican, with investments in energy companies, who can't understand the lunacy of not taxing natural gas at the well head.
nicole February 07, 2013 at 05:35 PM
I think this is a wonderful addition! I have taken my children to other music classes in other districts and it was a good, wholesome experience for all. We needed something like this in this district, happy to hear. And there always has to be a " negative" in the bunch ( john). Stop for once, thinking of $. And think about how GREAT this is for the kids.
Kim February 10, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Bobbi and Nicole, you both are clueless. You probably don't have kids at the middle school! The district is eliminating necessary MATH tutoring for middle school students due to budget cuts. Parents offered to pay for the tutoring, but were told no. It is quite upsetting when you then read that an arts program is being offered for 1 to 5 year olds. You people are clueless. Thank goodness for people like John who are informed! Nicole and Bobbo, you just sound foolish...really ...arts for 1 year olds...more important than MATH tutoring for middle schoolers. You probably are unaware that the administration revamped the whole Algebra program and most of the kids are having a difficult time keeping up....but go ahead and keep yourselves in happy land! CLUELESS!
Kim February 10, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Btw...I have been to chorus shows and plays at the high school and middle school....believe me...the Arts are thriving well in Parkland school district. Give me a break!
Bobbo February 10, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Kim, It is a fact that studying and participating in music, a mathematically based activity, produces a higher level of math skills and test scores in students. Perhaps the students needing math tutoring would not be the place they are if music had been a part of their earlier education.
nicole February 10, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Bobbo, I agree completely and that was exactly how I was planning on responding. This is a strong base for our younger children and ultimately assists in their progressive math skills and social skills! I am a successful business owner with a private school college education and have to say that I have yet to utilize all of the crazy algebra and math that I was taught but, use my creative, arts and music talents almost daily. As a parent, I see the difficulty in the math programs ALREADY. But, if i am faced with the tutoring need then I will simply PAY ( since you offered to pay Parkland) a local tutoring company to help my child and spend time as the parent, in helping my child succeed. Let's look at this as a positive and not focus on the negative! Unfortunately, the only person that is looking " foolish" here is you for rude comment above. It is not necessary. Apparently, " clueless" was the word of the day. I am hoping that you are teaching your children more manners then you have shown here.
Kim February 10, 2013 at 03:59 PM
You both missed the part where I said they REVAMPED the program THIS year! They are teaching twice as much information to catch up with other districts. The kids ...this year...are having a tough time keeping up with the pace, even the teachers are agreeing that it is a huge leap. They are preparing the kids for a new test called the Keystone. Can't you just admit that you didn't have all the facts. Of course it SOUNDS good to have such an Arts program. The question is why aren't they making the school available for MATH tutoring. Money wasn't the issue, parents offered to pay. No one said they shouldn't have the Arts program. The question was...why say yes to that and no to Math. Neither one of you know it alls addressed the real issue! Of course neither of you have children in middle school, but think you are the experts! I used the word clueless because I was trying NOT to use other HARSH words....ignorant comes to mind. Funny, how it was fine and dandy for Bobbo to jump all over John about getting the facts first...ironic!
Bobbo February 10, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Kim, Has a math teacher stepped up and offered to make math tutoring available? If so, have they been denied by the administration and/or board and why? If the district assigns teachers to provide after school tutoring how much would they have to pay the teachers? How much would be required for parents to pay for district provided tutoring in the schools? Would it be financially feasable to pay teachers to provide math tutoring or would it be cheaper for parents to provide private tutoring for their children? Would the district be able to provide in school math tutoring without a substantial cost to the taxpayers? You're correct in stating all the facts are not known; that's why I implored John to seek them out, it was not to "jump all over him". The issues are not always as simple as you make them appear.
Bobbo February 10, 2013 at 04:30 PM
"Of course neither of you have children in middle school, but think you are the experts!" Are you a clairvoyant? If so, you need a new vocation.
Kim February 10, 2013 at 06:57 PM
My first post mentioned that it was most likely that neither one of you had kids in middle school. You would have been able to relate to the frustration! Neither one came back and refuted it...I am not clairvoyant! Also, you would have realized that it has been a year of hell for a lot of these kids and teachers who are trying to keep up. You missed the whole point of John's post. Parents were recently notified that the tutoring that has been offered will be dropped! It has already been going on and has made a huge difference for some of these kids. John, you asked too many questions to be answered properly in this forum. Obviously there is a lot you are not aware of. Next time don't jump down someone's throat before you know some facts...even when you do have a cheerleader (Nicole!).


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