Its a huge mistake the district is making, she said. Our son Tyler struggled at first, he started with the trumpet, moved to the saxophone and he wanted to quit the band. Mr. Mure encouraged him and suggested percussion, and now he really enjoys band. I appreciate that as a parent.
Jensen said she, like the other parents, were looking for answers to their questions.
Whats going on here, she said. Is there something we dont know about? Is it political?
Mure said that his performance reviews were all positive last year, and this year, when Murphy sat in on a class, things didnt go well.
I had 40 kids in the class which is much more than other teachers, he said. It was a rehearsal and I had trouble settling them down, but after that, the class was productive.
Mure has received letters of support from parents and teachers, including from a former exchange student from Germany.
Its really frustrating, Mure said. I poured my whole life into every school system Ive been at and the kids see me as more than a teacher, they come to me for a word of advice. Im a friend to these kids, I serve the kids and make sure they succeed at music education.