Cuts To School Music Programs Concern Teachers

By Stephanie Parkinson

January 21, 2012 Updated Jan 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) --Thousands of music teachers and students from across the state were in Fort Wayne Saturday performing together at The Grand Wayne Center.

The event is part of The Indiana Music Educators Associations annual Professional Development Conference. Organizers say the event is a great way to showcase the exceptional music students and teachers from across the state.

Meanwhile some at the event are concerned of further cuts to music programs across the state. Michelle Oyler is the president of the IMEA and says music can help students is so many other areas.

"There are compelling statistics that would show that a solid music education, taught by exemplary music educators will help students with better memory, better cognitive skills, it will help them score higher on their test scores," said Oyler.

This is the second year in a row the annual event has come to Fort Wayne. Organizers say the event attracts more than 3,000 people.




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