Thursday, February 28, 2013

Welcome to Music in our Schools Month!
I hope that you all are aware of the great things that instrumental music lessons are doing for your children.

Instrumental music helps with language development and learning, improves math and reading scores, and help with sound discrimination (this helps with listening skills). There are also improvements in the connections between the two halves of our brain as well as learning many other skills that are not taught in the regular classroom. Students who are involved in music training have better grades and behavior in school.

We get all these great benefits, as well as the ability to play an instrument. Keep encouraging your young musician to help them later in life. I know that it's hard to find time and energy to practice, but realize that students are learning self discipline as well as how to follow through with commitments.

For those parents who don't follow the legislative process here in Wyoming I have some great news! The state of Wyoming has now added fine and performing arts to part of the requirements for the Hathaway scholarship. Your children now have a head start toward being able to receive this scholarship later in their school career.

Looking ahead in the future for our programs please be aware of a couple of dates.
Band students will have their spring concert on April 30th at Pronghorn Elementary at 6:30 p.m.
Strings students will have their spring concert on May 7th at the Wyoming Center at 7:00 p.m.

I look forward to a great few months of learning new concepts and furthering our musical abilities!

Thank you for supporting your students! Keep up the hard work and know that you are helping your child to succeed in life and school!

Karia Schofield
Pronghorn band/strings