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For music programs to stay and to continue being relevant, they need to be modernized. In a perfect world, students would have access to computers with recording capabilities and music editing software so they could learn to edit, produce and mix. We need to understand how music and careers in the arts have changed and find ways to teach classes that reflect this ever-shifting landscape.
As recently as May of this year, the Toronto District School Board sought to forever mute the instrumental music program as a way to balance their budget. These types of cuts threaten music programs all across Canada, not just in Toronto. A battle may have been won, but the war is far from over. This can't happen. Music programs must stay.