Freshman Orientation 2008-2009
Thank you for considering being a part of the music we are making next year. Before we get any farther, we wanted to touch base with all of you, so…This memo is to inform Music department members of their responsibilities and opportunities for the 2008-09 school year.
The benefits of a well-rounded education for all students cannot be overemphasized. One very important area of this complete education is the study of music. The aesthetic joys of making music cannot be duplicated in any other art form; it is a communication unto itself. It also has been found that the study of music strengthens the mind’s learning potential. Students who are part of a music program tend to achieve at higher levels in all areas of school. Simply put: music makes better students, and music makes students better.
Ongoing research continues to offer dramatic statistics concerning young people who participate in their school music programs. In the 1997 publication, Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers (from The College Board), it was discovered that, “Students with course work experience in music performance scored 89 points higher on the SAT tests than students with no course work in the arts.” This kind of information positively marks the future of our young musicians.
In addition to the educational benefits, music education also teaches important life skills. Music teaches discipline. Music develops self-confidence. Music gives students a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Singing in a choir teaches students the importance of working with others and helps them develop the social skills necessary to be part of a performing organization. It instills values, responsibility, purpose, direction, and devotion to duty, the spirit of cooperation and a sensitivity to the beauty in our world. Not all choir students become great musicians, but all will certainly become more mature, cooperative, self-disciplined, hardworking members of their communities with an appreciation of the arts.
Mixed Chorus: All incoming Freshman start in this class regardless of ability
Womens Vocal Jazz (November –May) Tuesdays 2:45pm-3:45
Men’s Choir: ( November – May) Fridays 6:45am-7:20am