Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hello all!

As this journey through music gets more difficult it is often tempting to let our children drop out of band or strings. Keep in mind that what your children are doing in their music classes makes them better students and employees later in life?

There are some interesting facts about music education and what it can do for your child. These are only a few that I have chosen. If you want to look into it more you will also find facts about students increased acceptance rates to medical schools as well as drop reduced drop out rates for students who participate in music.

We are in a time where high stakes testing is taking hold in our school systems. It's is important to take note that students with schools that have high quality instrumental music programs scored 17% higher in math than children in schools without a music program.

In 2006, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.

Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments.

"I have made a career doing things that weren’t even invented when I graduated from high school 40 years ago. It will be the same for today’s graduates, only on a sharply accelerating timeline. Much of what I learned in the classroom is obsolete or, at best, only marginally useful. What has made a difference in my life has been the ability to learn as I go, to adapt to new ideas, to have the courage to take risks, and to feel confident I will be able to perform and successfully meet the challenges of new situations. These skills I learned through participation in band and drama." - Fred Behning retired from IBM Corporation after a 32-year career that included assignments in systems engineering, product development, management, and customer technology briefings, and is still an IBM consultant. A life-long musician, Fred plays oboe and English horn in the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphonic Band. 

And as always thank you for your continued support of our music programs!

Karia Schofield