August 2015 Posts

Students In High-Quality Music Programs Test Higher

Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.
~ Johnson, C. M. & Memmott, J. E. (2007). Examination of relationships between participation in school music programs of differing quality and standardized test results. Journal of Research in Music Education, 54(4), 293-307

Participation In Music Education Encourages Students To Stay In School

The vast majority —96 percent—of the school principals interviewed in a recent study agree that participation in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school. Further, 89 percent of principals feel that a high-quality music education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates.
~ Harris Interactive Poll, 2006

Top 10 Ways Band Prepares Me For Life

Top 10 Ways Band Prepares Me For Life
#10 – Time Management – Nothing forces you to use your time wisely like a director saying “you have 5 minutes to memorize these measures.”
#9 – Punctuality – “Band Time” teaches you if you’re early you’re on-time, if you’re on-time you’re late.
#8 – Listening Skills – This skill is heightened at a football stadium full of noisy spectators and the director just made an important announcement.
#7 – Money Management – Because you can’t always afford to buy that tuba mute you’ve always wanted!
#6 – Flexibility – You might play the section presto today and tomorrow the tempo is changed to largo.
#5 – Be loud and proud – Band class is the ONE class I am encouraged, even expected, to be LOUD!
#4 – The early bird gets the worm – Starting band practice at 6:45am helps you get a lot of worms!
#3 – Practice, Practice, Practice – Awards are earned at practice every morning. You simply pick them up at contests.
#2 – Keep the big picture in mind – As we work on a marching show, each movement fits together like a puzzle piece to create a beautiful piece of art.
#1 – Love what you do! – When you spend time doing something you enjoy, it seldom seems like work!
Tanner
9th grade tuba player

Students Indicate Arts Motivate Them To Stay In School

Students indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school, and that the arts create a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one in which it is safe to take risks.
~ (Source: Barry N., Taylor K., and K. Walls Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, AEP, 2002)

Quick Tips on French Horn Care

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your French Horn.