January 16, 2010
Starting in less than two hours! Saturday's big blow-out Music-A-Thon to save music in the Mt. Diablo schools
Music teachers tell me that if the kids don't start playing instruments in the fourth and fifth grades, the middle and high school programs will eventualy be decimated. Besides that, say leaders of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation, "it has been shown that students who become involved in music education become better students, attend school more regularly than other students, score higher on state standardized tests than other students, and stay engaged in school.
Participating schools include Clayton Valley High School, Concord High School, Northgate High, El Dorado Middle, Foothill Middle, Pine Hollow Middle, Pleasant Hill Middle, as well as elementary students from Ayers, El Monte, Highlands, Holbrook, Monte Gardens, Westwood, and Woodside. More schools are expected to be announced soon.
The music will be playing in the Multi-Use Room at Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd. in Concord.