The Manhattan Beach Music Coalition was officially formed in July of 2020, but the dedicated group of parents that caused its formation were advocating on behalf of the Music Program at a grass roots level long before that (read our full history HERE). Below you will find a running timeline of relevant events from those initial grass roots efforts to the present. The MB Music Coalition has been supported by, and working in coordination with, all the Mira Costa music booster organizations, and the parent representatives on the School Board’s Music Subcommittee (more information about the Music Subcommittee can be found HERE).

Action Plans & Goals

READ MORE about MB Music Coalition’s specific Action Plans both for itself and for the District.

Timeline of Relevant Events

February 26, 2020

Cuts Made to the Music Program

Cuts to Elementary Music – General music for grades 1 & 2; Instrumental Assistants
Cuts to Secondary Music – “Low Enrollment” classes
SEE THE MEETING MINUTES

Report from National Expert Commissioned

The Music Booster organizations unite to commission a report on the Music Program from national expert, Dr. John Benham

March, 2020
April, 2020

Report Published

Dr. John Benham’s Report is published. The Report details the structural problems that threaten the longevity of the Music Program.
READ THE BENHAM REPORT

Town Hall Held

Over 300 community members attend a town hall hosted by the music booster organizations. Dr. John Benham presents the findings in his Report.

April 4, 2020
April, 2020

Public Comments Request Music Subcommittee

Following the town hall, hundreds of community members submit public comments requesting that the School Board create a Music Subcommittee to study the Report and issue Recommendations.
READ THE PUBLIC COMMENTS

School Board Creates Music Subcommittee

READ THE MEETING MINUTES

April 15, 2020
May to June, 2020

Music Teachers and Instrumental Assistants are Not Reinstated; Additional Cuts at the Secondary Level for “Low Enrollment”

• MBUSD rescinds several cuts to classified and certificated staff on the basis that extra support will be needed in distance learning, but does not restore the instrumental assistants or general music for grades 1 & 2.
• Additional cuts are made to music when three classes are cut for “low enrollment”.

Music Subcommittee Meets

Parent Representatives on the Committee work to have low enrollment classes restored, and cuts to elementary music rescinded.
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June – December, 2020
June – July, 2020

District Agrees to Offer Secondary Music Classes Cut for Low Enrollment

MBEF commits funding for 0.4 FTE, and music-supporting parents pledge to raise the funds needed for the remaining 0.2 FTE so that all 3 secondary music classes can be restored (one section of Choir, one section of Orchestra, one section of Music Theory)

MB Music Coalition is Formed

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July 17, 2020
July – August, 2020

Despite Distance Learning Decision for Fall 2020, District Does Not Reinstate Instrumental Assistants

Despite having an influx of funding for Covid-related needs, and technical/online challenges that disproportionately impact learning music online, the District does not reinstate Instrumental Assistants at the elementary level, leaving the youngest learners without the support and individual attention they need.

Board Recognizes that Teaching Music in the Distance Format Presents Unique Challenges

VAPA is identified as a “High Needs” category because its “needs can’t be met through a virtual instruction platform.”
WATCH THE MEETING

January 13, 2021
January 20, 2021

The Leading Note Article – “Is MBUSD at Risk of Having a ‘Lost Generation of Musicians?’ – Is Published

READ IT HERE

Music Subcommittee Report is Issued

After
months of meetings, in-depth research, and discussions, the Music Subcommittee issues its Report and Recommendations to the School Board
READ THE REPORT

February 3, 2021
February 18, 2021

Town Hall on the Music Subcommittee’s Report is Held

The MB Music Coalition hosts a Town Hall on the Music Report. The Recommendations are discussed, as is the need to focus on strengthening music at the elementary level.
VIEW THE PRESENTATION

Position Paper on the MBMS Bell Schedule is Published

In response to proposed changes to the MBMS Bell Schedule that would effectively eliminate electives, seriously impacting if not completely eliminating VAPA electives, the MB Music Coalition publishes a Position Paper discussing the issue.
READ IT HERE

February 18, 2021
February 20, 2021

Petition is Circulated

MB Music Coalition circulates Petition asking the School Board to adopt and implement the Music Subcommittee’s Report and Recommendations. Over 800 people sign the Petition within 2 weeks.
SIGN THE PETITION

Additional Cuts Made to the Music Program

Despite overwhelming community support for music, the School Board approves an additional 0.4 FTE cut to the music program by a vote of 3/2. Though the cuts are purportedly to “high school music” only, early indicators suggest that the impact may be more widespread.
READ THE RESOLUTION
SEE THE MEETING MINUTES

March 3, 2021
March 17, 2021

School Board Adopts the Music Subcommittee Report

READ THE REPORT