I read an article about our local school district and the removal of the school band program. It is not the reason that normally everyone thinks of - lac of money - but lack of participation. That is a real shame. Not only is music an happy part of the students life, it is important to the well being of a student. People often don't believe that music lends anything to young people but aside from the ability to help with stress and improve their self-esteem, the study of music especially at young grades, helps the brain understand math and science concepts.
There have been many studies that show there is a direct relation with music and math, and with the emphasis in getting more scientists and math people, music can play an important part. It is really sad that the reason is not enough interest on the student's part. That says something about the environment at home and in their social circles. I thought with the popularity of the TV show, Glee, that music would have a lot of intersest, but maybe that interest is singing and acting.
I hope that this trend doesn't continue. Music is said to soothe the savage beast, and it also helps out the unruly student too. A world without music would be a ver dull world indeed.