11Alive reports that Atlanta Public Schools has cut orchestra and band programs at all elementary schools in the system. That also means that dozens of music teachers are out of a job.

An APS statement said the district is “increasing instructional quality and efficiency” and “every APS elementary student will receive General Music instruction – chorus, music appreciation, introduction to instruments.

APS noted that school clusters could put money toward paying teachers if they wanted to bring back orchestra and band programs.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.