As noted in Tuesday's story about cuts to the Buffalo school district's instrumental music programs, music teachers are making noise about major cutbacks to the district's band and instrumental music lesson offerings. They contend - based on direct coversations with building principals - that 14 of the district's remaining 28 instrumental music programs are going to be eliminated next school year.
Instrumental music teachers said that in many cases, music lessons offer Buffalo school students one of the few remaining opportunities they have to form close relationships with their teachers in small-group settings.
"I become their mom," said instrumental music teacher Amy J. Steiner. "I’ve become more than a band teacher for them. They come to you for everything all day long."
The superintendent and district spokeswoman have questioned the teachers' findings but have not provided The News any contrary information or allowed The News to speak with anyone in a position to verify or dispute the teachers' list of school music cuts.
According to the music teachers, the following schools are slated to lose their instrumental music programs next school year:
- McKinley High School
- Riverside Institute of Technology
- Bennett High School
- Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence
- Southside Elementary
- Native American Magnet School
- Hillery Park Elementary
- Bilingual Center
- Lovejoy Discovery School
- Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School
- Discovery School
- Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy
- International Preparatory School
- Community School
Teachers said the following four schools will have their instrumental music programs reduced:
- East High School
- School 81
- West Hertel Academy
- Math Science Technology Prep School