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No Instrumental music in Elementary Schools

Students in Atlanta Public Schools will return in to school August to find they no longer have orchestra and band programs at their elementary schools.

The district is eliminating the programs and that also means dozens of music teachers are out of jobs.

Among them, Arthur McClenton, who even plays music while walking down the street on his way to an interview. He has played since he was a toddler.

"Once an instrument was put in my hand that gave me hope above all others because I could express myself," said McClenton

That passion is what he has given to Atlanta Public School students for 27 years. In recent years, four and five schools a week, but that's about to change.

"We (music teachers) were blindsided, when other teachers received contracts, we received letters saying we were going to be abolished. We didn't know. It just hit us," said McClenton.

An APS statement said the district is "increasing instructional quality and efficiency" and "every APS elementary student will receive General Music instruction – chorus, music appreciation, introduction to instruments.


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