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Quakertown at odds over music program direction

Quakertown at odds over music program direction 69 News

Quakertown at odds over music program direction 69 News

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – Quakertown Community School Board members sparred over the direction of the music program Thursday night as the board hired a new music teacher.

The board was presented with a proposal to hire Megan Edinger, an elementary music teacher who will also head the district’s new instrumental strings program. The notion that the district would be getting a string music instruction program was news to board members, who were unaware of the change in music instruction.

The move also caught many of the district’s 11 current music teachers off guard. Teachers had pleaded with the district not to eliminate a 12th music teacher as the board prepared their most recent budget toward the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Erik Szabo, the president of the Quakertown Community Promoters Association, questioned why the district would hire a strings music teacher when band instructors are overextended and unable to serve students as well as they would like. Szabo also said that the district hired Edinger without an audition and appeared to ignore the opinions of music teachers who alerted them of how a new strings program could negatively impact the current band program.

“All of our music teachers, every single one of them, has advised against it because of the logistics of scheduling

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