The Music Education Paradox

Andrew Ritenour

Andrew Ritenour is the director of bands at Patuxent High School in Calvert County, Maryland where his responsibilities include Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. He currently holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Grove City College. You can find more about him at

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  1. MiamiFlute says:

    Hi Andrew-
    Thank you for writing this. As I was writing my comments back to you — it became a little lengthy. So, I put my comments about this article in my own blog post. You can view it here:

    Thanks for you passion about music education, it’s always wonderful to see it in those entering the field.

  2. TK Goforth says:

    Thank you for this, Andy. We have just had layoffs in our school district in Texas. Out of each of the schools, at least one music instructor (often more) were laid off. The budget will also be cut.

    It is a tough time. My son’s marching band is 310 strong, and we don’t expect that it will change, it’s just that those of us who are parents will have to come up with more “change” to cover the programs that we have been used to.

  1. April 25, 2011

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