Thursday, February 25, 2010

Orchestra Program Implementation Update

Last November, the initial plans to the community were announced along with a presentation to the School Board on a Proposed Orchestra Program for Mansfield ISD. We will not begin an orchestra program in the 2010-2011 school year.

Mansfield ISD is still very committed to the eventual addition of orchestra to the Fine Arts offerings. However, at this time we will continue to study the issue in order to have a successful implementation. Currently at issue are facility needs at a few campuses that are too great to overcome in a short amount of time.

Starting an orchestra program is no easy task and the administration believes that by taking a measured approach and delaying the program’s start is in the best interests of the District, students, and community.

(Photo credit: Michael @ NW Lens)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

So now how many MORE years will our students be without a program that every other district in the area has had for decades. As it was proposed, implementation of the program would would have caught up with my son when he was in the 8th grade. Now he will not have the benefit of this very valuable aspect of his education. And no, Band is not a good substitute. Learning a string instrument would enable him to supplement his income through college and beyond, whereas there are next to no opportunities to do that with a band instrument. So, like so many other posts on the original feed, we will continue with private lessons and he will miss out on the experience that playing in an orchestra would give him.

Anonymous said...

This is such disappointing news.

Anonymous said...

At one time I lived in a district that provided a satellite program for the arts for students. The program was provided at a local college campus, (like TCC), that had the space. The district provided transportation during the schoolday one day a week. The programs were taught by professional artists and performers, who were privately contracted by the district. (Much cheaper than hiring additional full-time staff to spearhead something new.) It was and still is highly successful.

In short, if we as parents want a program for our children, then let's get one started. Who has a suggestion for how this could work?

Anonymous said...

If a full orchestra program is not an option at this point, even just permitting private string teachers to teach on school campuses before/after school would be beneficial. This would allow more students the opportunity to take lessons. Students could start orchestra clubs with parent/teacher volunteers. Who do we speak to about these possibilities?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous writer number 1...you should check up on your facts. You wrote
"And no, Band is not a good substitute. Learning a string instrument would enable him to supplement his income through college and beyond, whereas there are next to no opportunities to do that with a band instrument. "
That is absolutely untrue. Learning to play ANY instrument well enables you to supplement your income through college and beyond. I play piano, played in college, and continue to play for churches, weddings, funerals, musicals, accompanying solos, accompanying choirs, and numerous other events. My husband plays trumpet and supplemented his income through college (and continues to) by teaching private lessons, playing at churches, musicals, weddings, partys, running band camps, and so many other gigs. You don't have to play a string instrument to have opportunities for scholarships or "supplementing income". Maybe you should give your child a chance with band and encourage that route since it is what is available. Mansfield has one of the best band programs in the state and to say there are "next to no opportunities" going that route is not only untrue, but narrow minded.

Communications Department said...

A couple of quick reminder: It's easier to have some discussion if you leave your names instead of commenting as 'Anonymous.' Also, let's keep the conversation civil please. We can agree and disagree without being mean-spirited. Thanks.

To the Anonymous 9:03 AM commenter - If you have a specific idea on this subject to share, please feel free to contact the District's Fine Arts Department.

Cindy Hanes said...

9:03 commenter here again. My name is Cindy Hanes. I'll contact the Fine Arts department. Thanks for the response. I know I would volunteer to help with an Orchestra club. Perhaps other interested parents and/or teachers would do the same.

Anonymous said...

Too little, too late for me either way. I was seriously considering moving to Mansfield next year, but my high school student has 10 years of violin playing in and the lack of a program guarantees we won't move to your school district. Too bad. We really like the swimming facility.

Chris said...

I'm just now able to comment on this. I saw it not too long ago though. I was a little baffled by a comment I saw.... To the one who commented on March 4th, 2010 at 3:10. I'm an MISD Alum in college now. It's sad that you only mentioned the Swimming Facility. I'm sorry that Mansfield ISD couldn't get you to come over here for it's various award winning organizations, fantastic educators, and a good community. Guess that's not what you're looking for in a school district though... Only the orchestra program and a swimming facility...

Anonymous said...

My daughter (currently in 6th grade) in Grand Prairie middle school, seeking for a good high school orchestra program. So, it seems that MISD does not have orchestra yet as of 2016.

Mansfield ISD said...

Mansfield ISD will start implementing its orchestra program in the fall of 2016. You can view the presentation of the timeline that was given to the school board here: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=38635301