Tim Gee Posts

Principals Agree Music Education Leads To Higher Graduation Rates

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

Arts Education Finds The Buried Gold

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”

~ Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

Dillon Gardner – Student Spotlight

Over the summer we visited the Symphonic Youth Orchestra to interview some of their students. We were curious to find out how music has influenced them throughout their school careers, as well as how it has prepared them for the future. Next up is Dillon Gardner from Center Grove High School. Please take a few minutes to get to know him and what he’s learned from playing the cello.

A big thank you to Shawn Goodman and the rest of the staff at the Symphonic Youth Orchestra. To learn more about the SYO please visit their website at https://www.syogi.org.

Music Fosters Student Creative Skills

“To be the next great inventor of something we haven’t dreamed of yet, you need to have creative skills. Music really fosters those creative skills.”

~ Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

Music Education Opens Doors for Students

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

~ Gerald Ford, Former President of the United States

Teach Music In Our Schools

“Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools.”

~ Martin Luther

Students Who Take Music Lessons Have Better Grades Than Peers

According to a German Institute for Economic Research study, teens who take music lessons outside of school score significantly higher in terms of cognitive skills, have better grades, and are more conscientious and ambitious than their peers.

~ Hille, Al, Schupp, J., (2013), “How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills,” SOEPpapers: The German Socio-Economic Panel at DIW Berlin

Sam Richards – Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight for August is on Sam Richards in the repair shop. Sam is a brass repair technician and has been at Paige’s for a little over 4 years now. Learn more about him over on our blog!