April 06th, 2017
There are innumerable benefits to actively performing on an instrument. Throughout this year, I hope I have been effective in making all of you aware of the inherent value of participating in music throughout your child's school career and beyond. Performing music is an art that can be enjoyed one's entire life, as I am living proof. This final edition TED Ed video is a simple and effective cartoon that demonstrates what happens to our brains while we are PLAYING an instrument. Please take a few minutes to watch it and let me know what you think. It is a pleasure teaching your children every day! All the best.
Success in Music class leads to success in Adulthood! If you don't believe me, I invite you to take a few minutes to read this testament of some of our country's most influential business leaders and artistic visionaries. Bright futures may await those that continue to play and learn their instrument! Parents, please stay involved in your student's music activities to help your child see the potential value towards their future. Best regards.
Active participation in any activity is far more beneficial than passive participation. In the case of music, performing alone and in an ensemble can have positive outcomes throughout the learning spectrum not demonstrated through listening to music. This is an excellent and easy to follow TED TALK video explaining the value of PLAYING a music instrument. Please take a few minutes to watch it and maybe even discuss it with your child. All the best.
The Value of Playing a Music Instrument
Tim Lautzenheiser has been one of the most influential music advocates in our country for the past twenty-five years. I have had the pleasure on multiple occasions to see him hold an auditorium of over 2000 music teachers and students spellbound with his dynamic advocacy speeches. Please take a few minutes to be inspired by this Why Music article. This information is important to keep in mind as you help your children decide their schedules in the spring. As always, comments and questions are most welcome. Happy Holidays!
Benefits of Music in Our Schools
Please take a few minutes to read through this short list highlighting the value of continuing your child's music education throughout school. I believe that this list, in conjunction with the obvious growth you are sure to notice in our upcoming concerts should be food for serious thought. As always, please send your comments, questions, or concerns and I will be sure to get back to you.
I hope that you have all enjoyed our first concerts! Whether they are just starting out in the sixth grade beginner band or are a continuing member of one of our three advanced performing bands, Mr. Altom and I strive daily to challenge and advance their musical skills. There is a wide body of research and advocacy available regarding the value of a strong music education to the overall development of your child's education. It is my desire to share some of this research with you throughout the year in order for you to better help your child make thoughtful future decisions regarding continued involvement in this valuable activity.
As someone who's entire life has been deeply involved with the musical arts, I want to share my thoughts with all of you about the value of learning and performing music to one's overall preparation for a vibrant member of future society. Please look for monthly advocacy emails from me titled, FROM THE DIRECTOR'S PODIUM. I hope you will take a few minutes to educate yourself about each topic. This first article, Wholehearted Attention by Walter Bitner also contains extra links for those interested in the topic.
If you ever have questions regarding an article, please feel free to contact me for further discussion. We very much enjoy working with your children!