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Changes to Waterbury school music program concerns parents

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Changes are being made to the music program at the Rotella School in Waterbury (WFSB) Changes are being made to the music program at the Rotella School in Waterbury (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A popular elementary school in Waterbury known for its strong arts curriculum, is making some changes to one of its programs, and that has some parents concerned.

A Rotella Magnet Elementary School official said they are making the changes to the music program to make sure students aren’t missing out on their core classes, while learning the arts.

The music program is one of the biggest reasons Jessica Rodriguez sends her children Rotella Magnet Elementary School.

"The variety they have here. The programs, the arts,” Rodriguez said.

She says she is disappointed to hear the program will soon have just one teacher instead of two when the instrumental teacher retires at the end of this school year.

"My son is in kindergarten so he's going to miss out on things my daughter got to do,” Rodriguez said.

The school will combine the instrumental music with the chorus program so when they teach chorus they will teach the instruments that go along with the work they are preparing for.

Rodriguez worries about overcrowding in the classroom, but school official Robert Brenker said that won't be an issue.

"It's not a lot, in fact the class size is regulated by contract and we will be well within the contract limit,” Brenker said.

The school will also be adding an after school music program to help with the changes, which will take place next year.

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