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Pasco principals offered advice on picking holiday concert music



Planning for holiday concerts is well under way in many schools. And as in each year, the question has arisen: What music are the students allowed to perform?

The use of religious songs generally cause the most concern.

Pasco schools instruction and learning director Vanessa Hilton recently sent a memo to principals and music instructors offering some guidance. It included a 1996 paper from the National Association for Music Education as a resource. It makes clear that there's no ban on using religious music in schools, but that teachers need to take care in how they teach the music.

"The public schools are not required to delete from the curriculum all materials that may offend any religious sensitivity," the paper states.

Rather, schools must take care that the use is for studying the music and not promoting the religion. Read the full document here.

Are you schools having any debate over their upcoming performance set lists?

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10:40am]


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