TORONTOMay 27, 2019 /CNW/ – A music instructor who has worked 24 years with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is seeing history repeat itself as the board once again proposes cuts to itinerant music programs in elementary schools – this time as a result of cuts to education funding by the Ford government.

In a delegation at today’s special meeting of the TDSB’s Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee, itinerant music instructor (IMI) David Spek will appeal to the TDSB’s budget committee to rescind its recommendation to cut itinerant music programs from the 2019-20 school year.

Protecting the programs is the only way to pass on the enormous benefits of music instruction in TDSB schools, he contends.

The programs at risk of cancellation include vocal, recorder and Orff music education. Other programs, such as band, strings and steel pan, will suffer serious and severe cuts.

These programs are taught by itinerant music instructors, skilled instrumental musicians who travel from school to school, providing specialized instrumental music education to thousands of children each week.

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