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Kennebunk Elementary School students practice on the violin with support from Portland Symphony Orchestra violinist Pam Doughty and Kennebunk resident Jan Hanson. According to KES Principal Ryan Quinn, proposed changes to the elementary school music program will allow for a more “building-based program” such as this violin exercise. However, opponents of the change, expected to be voted on by the school board at its April 16 meeting, say the plan essentially means the elimination of the Grade 4 band. Kennebunk resident Miriam Whitehouse has submitted a petition with 288 signatures to Superintendent Katie Hawes in hopes of preventing the change. According to Hawes, teacher frustration with Grade 4 students coming and going to instrument lessons, has promoted a decision to teach all students in Grade 3 to play the recorder and read music. Grade 4 students would not have a regular block of music time in which they would have an opportunity practice a variety of instruments, not making a decision on focus on one instrument until Grade 5. (Courtesy photo) Kennebunk Elementary School students practice on the violin with support from Portland Symphony Orchestra violinist Pam Doughty and Kennebunk resident Jan Hanson. According to KES Principal Ryan Quinn, proposed changes to the elementary school music program will allow for a more “building-based program” such as this violin exercise. However, opponents of the change, expected to be voted on by the school board at its April 16 meeting, say the plan essentially means the elimination of the Grade 4 band. Kennebunk resident Miriam Whitehouse has submitted a petition with 288 signatures to Superintendent Katie Hawes in hopes of preventing the change. According to Hawes, teacher frustration with Grade 4 students coming and going to instrument lessons, has promoted a decision to teach all students in Grade 3 to play the recorder and read music. Grade 4 students would not have a regular block of music time in which they would have an opportunity practice a variety of instruments, not making a decision on focus on one instrument until Grade 5. (Courtesy photo)

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