A thriving music department in a school will generate positive benefits for the whole school community. Given the right environment, music acts like a miracle seed - bursting with the essential characteristics thought to improve intelligence and social harmony. This is well documented and widely accepted by educationalists. Unquestioningly then, a music department deserves particular notice and investment!
Somewhere in the large and complicated structure of a school's decision-making, policies and procedures, one may or may not find scribbled notes mentioning the maintenance of the school pianos. The distance between the finance office and the condition of the practice room pianos can seem like a thousand miles - if the spending committee has a more 'interesting' project on the go.
Funding restraints dominate the minds of the school's financial thinkers and decisions makers - these are the people who determine how to spend the money in the kitty so that the school can function smoothly. Inevitably, certain individuals decide about things they neither understand nor appreciate.
Tough realities are difficult to overcome - but the equipment used in music lessons - pianos in particular, are much closer to the heart and purpose of schools than are the plush offices of the admin people who are good with figures!
Rant over for today. Normal service resumes tomorrow.
© Steve Burden
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