CAROL VOIGTS: Death of former educator serves as reminder of music’s importance

TO THE EDITOR:

On Monday, I attended the memorial service for Virginia Caro, a longtime music educator in the Manistee schools.

She started teaching at Manistee schools in 1953 and retired in 1981. In those 28 years she made musicians and singers out of countless students who came through our school.

As I read the Facebook entries of former students who were remembering her, and recounting her mentoring of their musical abilities, I was inspired to see how many people from those years who are still involved in singing somewhere in their own communities now.

The Manistee Choral Society, which sang at the service, had members who were Mrs. Caro’s students as far back as the first year in 1953. Virginia started the community chorus in 1958, and it still continues with well over 50 members.

Manistee Area Public Schools is entering what we all hope is an exciting new time with a promising new superintendent.

I congratulate the MAPS School Board in making what appears to be an excellent choice from five wonderful candidates. So now would be an excellent and appropriate time for the MAPS School Board and this new superintendent to move in reinstating elementary music K -8 in our school.

High school vocal music can come later, but I think the myriad of students who sang through all those years under Virginia Caro would urge the Manistee schools to “get right with the world” by having our elementary curriculum include music as part of their education.

Lastly, I address all Manistee County citizens of every school district in the county. Do you know that none of our county’s elementary schools (except Manistee Catholic Central) have elementary music?

If you think all children should have music in their lives, I urge you to contact your school board members and administration to bring elementary music back into the curriculum.

And thank you, Manistee Catholic Central for already continuing this important piece of our children’s education.

“Let all the world in every corner sing!”

Carol Voigts

Manistee

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