Music is not an option!

A great letter from a wonderful mom in Jeffco! Have you sent your letter to the board yet? Please consider writing the Jeffco School Board ( and request that they approve the addition of Elementary Instrumental Music to the teacher contract. Let’s work to ensure that Jeffco’s Elementary Instrumental Music program is guaranteed curriculum for many years to come in every school. We know that this Board values music and arts education, but we also want to make sure they understand the value of early education in instrumental music.


From: Terri Straut

To: board <>

Subject: Gratitude and Support for Music Programs in All Jeffco Schools

Dear Board of Education Members:


I have just finished watching the Board meeting from last night. Once again, I am struck by the drastic improvement in the tone and substance of the conversations during the Study Session. So much progress has been made in just four months. Thank you for your service and thoughtful deliberation in service to our children.


I wanted to weigh in on the issue of continuity of strong music programming in all Jeffco schools. Music has been an integral part of the education of all three of my children. Instrumental music was also an important part of the education through middle school. Two played violin and one played the piccolo. In fact, Orchestra was the class that sustained and bolstered my daughter’s middle school years. I fear that she might have disengaged without that class and the friends that shared her love for playing music.


I think that it is critical to maintain music programs in all Jeffco public schools. I would not support music or instrumental music being an optional line item in the Site Based Budgeting scenario. All Jeffco students deserve access to these important programs. Instrumental music teachers in the elementary schools already serve several schools a week, lets not make that job any more difficult than it already is.


Thank you again for your service to the students of Jeffco Public Schools.


With gratitude and warmest regards,



Terri Taylor Straut

Parent and Advocate