The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is playing a familiar tune as it once again asks the Vancouver School Board not to axe the elementary school band and strings program as a way to balance its budget.
The elimination of the optional band and strings program is just one of several staff recommendations to the Vancouver School Board as it grapples with a record 27-million dollar budget shortfall.
President of the Vancouver Symphony Kelly Tweeddale says she was surprised the program is back on the chopping block.
“Band and ensemble and string programs are essential to the learning process especially in the elementary school ages when it all begins so it was abit of a disappointment that this was on the list.”
She adds children learn more than just music.
“The strings and band programs teach our kids how to be disciplined, how to work in ensembles and to be creative with critical thinking skills and that is the same skills that all of our industries are working for in the future.”
Tweeddale says the VSO will advocate for the school board to take a more harmonious approach to budget cuts.