Port Washington High School Choral Department Newsletter           September 2010

    PWHS CHOIRS are committed to ARTISTRY thru dedication, knowledge and expression

  • Dear Parents

    For those of you that are new to the music department, welcome. And for those parents who have students returning, welcome back.  This year has already proven to be an exciting time.  Students are learning new music and reviewing the lessons learned last year. 

    As the year goes on, most information that you may be looking for will be added to our new and updated web page located on the school website.  Homework, schedules, permission slips, music downloads and theory help are just some of the things you will find.  Please use this as your first source of information. 


    Music Booster Fundraiser

    Every year our music boosters do a small fundraiser in order to support the students in the Music programs here at Port High.  For a $25 donation, you will receive a picture of all the vocal and or instrumental ensembles your child is in for that year.  It’s that simple.  No going door to door or having to deliver anything to anybody.  The money raised, supports students with medals for solo and ensemble, Awards, support for honors choirs and special events, as well as scholarships for graduating seniors and camperships for all other students.  If you would like to participate in this event please download the donation attachment in this letter or go to our web page.

    Port Choir apparel now available

    The Choir department is taking orders for Port Choir apparel.  Orders are due to Mr. Gephart no later than September 26th.  Forms and designs are available by opening the above attachments, online at our choral website located on the Port High School web page or getting a form in the chorus room.


    Port Music Booster meetings set for the first Tuesday of every month.

    The Port Washington High School Music Boosters is a large group of parents and community supporters who work towards the goal of improving their children’s lives by supporting a strong music program here at Port Washington High School.   Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm-8pm In the PWHS Choir room.  Please consider becoming an active part of your child’s musical experience here at PWHS.  It is a great time and a great opportunity to be part of something your child enjoys so much.  Our next meeting is on Tuesday October 4th.





    The minute you settle for less than you deserve you get even less than what you settled for

    Maureen Dowd






    10 Lessons The Arts Teach

    1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
    Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
    is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

    2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
    and that questions can have more than one answer.

    3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
    One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.

    4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
    purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
    Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

    5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.

    6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
    The arts traffic in subtleties.

    7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
    All art forms employ some means through which images become real.

    8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
    When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.

    9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
    and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

    10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
    what adults believe is important.

    SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.