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I was a member of Mr. Baker's choir in the 1980's. I was also involved in orchestra in the from fourth grade until my freshman year in high school as well as some drama.
The education I received from the North Clackamas School district was excellent on all counts. I struggled with many of the traditional academic subjects during my schooling. Things improved during the last couple years of high school. Having orchestra and choir during those difficult times was wonderful.
I have sang in church choirs as an adult and even sang in a community choir while living in Japan (in Japanese) The training I recieved in Mr. Baker's Choir allowed me to enjoy the choirs and the directors saw the skills that I had and were impressed.
I homeschool my two children and try to allow space for the arts in their daily lives. I think it is so sad that kids today do not get the opprotunites my generation enjoyed. I am an avid reader, do enough math to function and love history and poltics. I recieved a great education even though I did spend almost five hours a week in choir and not in academic classes. I probably did much better in the academic classes because of the time in choir.
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