As we start getting into the month of February/March we officially begin the process of introducing new musicians in our band program. This is an important decision for you and your child. Not only a decision about joining band, but also a decision which will determine, in part, who your child’s friends and associates will be for the next several years. Band is much more than a class to play an instrument. It is the development of a family of friends that lasts a lifetime and establishment of some rather profound physical and mental influences. These influences will determine much of your child’s success in all aspects of education, not just music.
Did You Know?
1. Playing A Musical Instrument Makes You Smarter Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music to the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to play an instrument too because it helps the mind to be alert and active eventually helping to sharpen the memory.
2. It Teaches Discipline Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master playing your instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.
3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress We all have days when we are so stressed out and we just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.
4. Sense of Achievement If you're a beginner learning to play your first piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's just a simple piece, believe me you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered. You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of. 5. Playing A Musical Instrument is Fun Sure it can be a lot of hard work but there is no denying playing an instrument is fun. Once you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future. Playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that will surely enrich your life.
It is a fact that music students represent the top of the academic scale in our schools. We know they are averaging 89 points higher on SAT exams. We also know that Fine Arts students enjoy a very successful high school career academically as well as in athletics and other activities. For parents of college bound students, it is very important to consider the following facts:
Majority of admission directors consider class rank. Band students tend to place very highly in class ranking and have a high percentage of earning Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors.
Admission standards are heavily based on SAT score. Band students consistently score in the highest percentiles on the SAT exam.
Admission directors consider the participation of the student in band and other fine art classes. 60% of all college freshman drop out after the first year. In contrast, 96% of past band students graduate and earn diplomas from higher level institutions, many graduating with university honors. We reinforce these values of commitment and dedication daily.