Educators Association Urges Resolution to Orchestra Lockouts
is home to many outstanding performing ensembles. The Minnesota Music Educators
Association and Minnesota’s music educators greatly value what these
organizations bring to our classrooms and schools.
professional musicians and ensembles play an important role in the long-term
health of music education in our schools. Performances focused on young people
introduce students to beautiful music performed at the highest possible levels.
Music curriculum is frequently provided in advance for teachers to expand the
learning prior to the concert and on return to school. Solo musicians, chamber
ensembles and large ensembles go to rural, suburban and urban schools
throughout the state. Individual musicians work with students outside of the school
day through lessons, master classes, coaching, and youth ensembles. Young
musicians considering a career as a musician can look up to local role models.
are deeply concerned about the lockouts of the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint
Paul Chamber Orchestra. Tens of
thousands of students are directly served each year by the orchestras. Impacts
on school music and young musicians are an inevitable impact of continued
lockouts. We urge a resolution to the lockouts and a return to performing,
working with schools, and inspiring the next generation.