“What we see in our future of arts education in 2020 in the David Douglas School District community…”

When team member Sarah Moore Gonsalves (community representative) posed this opportunity to respond to her neighbors she was met with a myriad of ideas and dreams. The common theme though was that the arts would be perceived as something for anyone to enjoy, not just those studying or working in that field. They envisioned community service gatherings which included not only a clean-up party but also a concert to celebrate their accomplishments. They would plan opportunities for multi-generational music-making sessions with kindergarteners and seniors, teenagers and retirees playing together.

Another image came from the business-side of the community where businesses are acquainted with and support the arts in the schools and community, making visual art and music a stimulating part of doing and growing business.

Parents are aware of the growing diversity of the community and want their kids to get to know more about the cultures they bring with them. They would like to see more diversity in the musical offerings within the school setting. They would like to plan gatherings with shared food and music to enrich an understanding of the whole community. These gatherings will contribute to understanding others – their differences and similarities.

Team member Shane Bassett (Gilbert Heights Principal) envisions more opportunities for students to be inspired and encouraged to pick up an instrument learn to play it with more support from parents, older students and staff.  He also believes in the value of just taking time to sing along and play along with music a group of music-makers for the sheer joy and sense of community in it.

Team member Phill Hurley (DDSD music specialist) sees an increased number of students so inspired by the participatory Link Up concerts that they continue to learn to read music and to play an instrument in the middle school band or orchestra. He sees students going to concerts by the Oregon Symphony at the Schnitzer and other venues with their families on a regular basis. Team member Monica Hayes (OSO education & community engagement director) banks on families taking advantage of affordable ticketing geared to bring the young and the economically challenged. Greg Ewer (45th Parallel) sees more members of the community stepping in to provide free private lessons, within the school setting, to those students asking for extra support in playing technique and expanding repertoire.

Everyone sees the DDSD school board, administration and community continuing to support the tradition of a strong music program as a core curriculum subject. This would support the staff to effectively deliver and engage through music education, both in the music room and integrated into the grade level curriculum.