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by Stephen F. Zdzinski
Going the Extra Step
Another important way that parents can contribute to their child's music education is to become active in music parent support groups. While many of these groups have a major focus on fund-raising for the school's music program, these groups also can serve other functions.
For example, music parent organizations can
Educate other parents and the public at all levels about the benefits of the school music program
Provide support services to the music program
Serve as advocates for the continuation of music programs in times of budget crises
With the obvious benefits that children receive from music study, give it a try. Help your children appreciate music, and provide opportunities for them to play a musical instrument. It may just be music to your ears!
Excerpted from the November 1999 issue of Our Children, which is the official magazine of National PTA.
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