Welcome to October and the beginning of the holiday season. Our band program continues to move forward at a fast pace. We are enjoying the unlimited possibilities of music learning and music making, otherwise known as – ART.

This is often the time of year when school becomes a bit “routine”. The realization of mid-term reports, lengthy assignments and crucial deadlines becomes apparent. Many students find themselves in a bind and begin to seek ways to shed the burden of “over-commitment.” Unfortunately, band is often the target of this quick-fix solution.

Beware of the sallow contention, “But I have taken band and music classes and I just don’t have the time to continue with music when there is so much to do.” Initially this statement seems to have some merit, but when parents clearly understand that band stimulates the creative mind and unleashes multidimensional thinking that reinforces the highest level of intellect, memory and sensory awareness, the argument is short- lived. The question to ask your child is, “DO you want to master the disciplines required to achieve your life- goals?” The obvious “yes” Answer supports a continuation of music study,

Over the years, music educators have carefully tracked the SAT test scores of students in music classes compared to those who were not. The statistics highlight a dramatic variance that cannot be ignored:

“Students with coursework/experience in music performance scored

52 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 37 points higher

on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience

in the arts. And a difference in the scores increased with the number

of years involved. Those who studied music four or more years scored a combined 101 points higher on the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.” Profiles of SAT and Achievement TEST Takers, The College Board (1997)

The benefits of music study extend far beyond the performance. Please join with me to guarantee a promising future for all the young musicians in our band program by encouraging them to continue their study of music.

Sincerely,

Mr. Frazier

 

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