ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION - 6115.1
The use of religious music in holiday programs is appropriate within the following context:
- If the music is taught for its historical value and tied to instructional themes taught in the classroom.
- If the music provides exposure to diverse religions, heritages and cultures.
- If the music is not presented in a religious setting and is not sectarian or devotional.
- If the music is not a part of specific religious activity.
Holiday music should be planned and taught with a distinct educational goal in mind that is tied to the curriculum.
- Use a cultural and aesthetic emphasis based on the established grade level or course curriculum when presenting or teaching holiday music.
- Create opportunities to present a variety of music reflecting the cultural and religious diversity in the community.
- Do not require participation in holiday programs that include religious music.
- Present religious music, but never in a religious context. Neither promote nor discourage religion.
- Present a balance of music, both religious and secular, representing different traditions.
- Select music that is respectful of diversity.
Revised: December 11, 2018