Report finds wide variations in music classes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A report on music programs in Oklahoma public schools found most students have access to music - but the
number of courses are sometimes limited.

The report for the Kirkpatrick Foundation says general music is taught in 95 percent of elementary schools while choir and band courses are common in middle schools.

But only half those schools offer more than one course.

The report also found more than 60 percent of all high schools offer no more than two music courses.

Kirkpatrick Foundation Executive Director Susan McCalmont says quality music programs encourage creativity and innovation that can
help the state's economy and quality of life.

Schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett says federal testing requirements have inadvertently taken some focus from arts education.

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