Leveraging Blended Learning in Elementary Music Classrooms

Over time our educational system has unfairly created a curriculum hierarchy where mathematics and science enjoy a higher status than music and the arts. This often unintended curriculum hierarchy is pervasive in almost every school system, at every level, and puts our students in a difficult position of choosing to develop their natural abilities or focus on subjects they associate with “getting them into college.” This trend has resulted in a decline in the number of music and art courses being offered in some schools and a reduction in seat time at others. Some schools have abandoned music at the elementary level altogether to either cut costs or to reallocate precious resources to other (tested) areas.