A group of MPS music teachers is pushing the district to adopt a policy that would close gaps in music access. Emily Files reports.

“Sopranos! How long is a dotted half note?” Ronald Reagan High School teacher Erica Breitbarth gently scolds her chamber choir students as they rehearse Edward Elgar’s ‘As Torrents in Summer’ on a recent morning. “Love you, but you gotta count!”

On the other side of Milwaukee, at Rufus King High School, Ben Zabor directs about 50 advanced orchestra students in “Hungarian Dance No. 5” by Johannes Brahms.

“Sounds pretty good for the second week of school,” he says. 

King and Reagan are both selective-admissions public schools. They have multiple full-time music teachers, along with student band, orchestra, and choir.

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