WHY JOIN BAND?
MUSICAL TRAINING DEVELOPS LANGUAGE & REASONING
Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
A MASTERY OF MEMORIZATION
Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
STUDENTS LEARN TO IMPROVE THEIR WORK
Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
KIDS STAY ENGAGED IN SCHOOL
An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects
SUCCESS IN SOCIETY
Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.
Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
BETTER SAT SCORES
Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
MUSIC BUILDS IMAGINATION AND INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
PREPARATION FOR THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.
DEVELOPMENT IN CREATIVE THINKING
Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
DEVELOPMENT OF SPATIAL INTELLIGENCE
Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
NEED WE SAY MORE?
Students who regularly participate in music-rich experiences receive benefits beyond the ability to play a musical instrument. Students involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. Playing an instrument requires using more of your brain. One specific benefit research has found involves spatial intelligence, which translates into improved skills in solving multistep problems. In addition, recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language. Therefore, musical experience strengthens language competence, which in turn can strengthen social competence.
Students learn the value of working together and come to understand how their individual effort impacts the group as a whole. The Wildcat Band values every student as an individual and utilizes teaching processes that focus on the individual and considers how the individual will musically fit into the sound of the full group.
Ask almost any student in band what they like best about band, and inevitably they will tell you it’s their friends. Students will have a tight knit group of new and old friends that follow the same band path through middle school and up through high school. Not only will they make friends within their own grade, having friendships with older students can help make the transition from middle school to high school a little smoother, too. Band friends benefit from special field trips, regular time together at rehearsals and performances, and many experiences that are unique to band only that form memories that last a lifetime.
QUALITY MUSICAL INSTUCTION
The Wildcat Band strives to give each student a quality instruction in order to achieve group and individual success. Every member is a vital role in the band program and is held to high standards of learning, practicing, and performing in order to benefit their solo or group playing. Mrs. Noe has a Master of Music Education degree and many years of experience teaching middle school. She is dedicated to the success of each of her students.
ESPRIT DE CORP
Students who join band form a special bond with one another. Among band members there is a common spirit of pride, enthusiasm and devotion to the band that extends far beyond their school experiences.
With each new skill or habit that is mastered, students gain increased confidence. In addition, numerous opportunities to perform showcase their ever-improving performance, gives students a sense of pride and self-confidence – a quality so important to one’s success.