There are numerous citizens throughout Lincoln County that do special things. Some simply bag your groceries at a local store to others who fight for our country. Sometimes people overlook that little things that are done to make Lincoln County a positive place to be. Even schools try to make learning a better experience for all grades. District board members fight for extracurricular programs because they know that not only do the kids enjoy them but it also gives them the chance to branch out and do something fun while also getting a good education. The Troy community has supported our district enough that Troy Middle School and Troy Buchanan High School get to have a phenomenal music program that allows kids to express themselves with music. Someone who I think deserves to be in the Lincoln county hall of fame is Meghan Pieper. Meghan has not only inspired many young adults but to this day teaches kids something that most children do not get, that is, music.
Meghan was in eighth grade when she realized singing was her true passion. Her talent started of small, she did not like to perform in front of a public audience but simply in the school choir. As time went by Pieper never missed a year a choir. She took voice lessons and always signed up for solo and ensemble contests. Music was certainly a passion more than a hobby now. As Meghan continued through school she graduated high school with a great amount of experiences from district choirs and contest that she had participated in to increase her music education. Pieper went to Truman State university for her bachelors of arts in music, then went to the University of Missouri - Columbia for her masters of music in choral conducting. All together Meghan has six years of schooling and this is her sixth year of teaching. This just shows how long it takes to become a teacher and director like herself. If you want something badly enough, you will persevere.
There are several music programs in the state of Missouri, some including Lincoln county. For many years now financial cuts have been made do to lack of money for academic textbooks and learning utensils in numerous school districts. Many kids get their school choir or show choir taken away when it is not necessarily something they can control. When school districts face economic crises, music programs are often the first items struck from budgets. Many cuts occur in the elementary grades because most programs for beginners pull students out of their regular class. Administrators know that if they cut an elementary school teacher, there is a classroom instructor able to teach the affected students. They do not understand that if elementary school music programs are eliminated or significantly changed, junior and senior high school music enrolment will drop by a minimum of 65%(cmebc). Many students agree that this includes middle school as well.
Not only does cutting a school music program hurt the student with the passion to...