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Preparation for Life

BAND: A Preparation for Life!

School curriculum, use of academic time, and the applicable value of knowledge brought to the classroom are all being discussed in today’s society. With the emphasis on “No Child Left Behind” and SOL testing, it becomes increasingly important to bring the importance of Band to the forefront of the ongoing discussion.

WHY SHOULD A YOUNG PERSON JOIN BAND?
HOW LONG SHOULD THEY STAY IN BAND?
WHAT WILL IT MEAN IN THEIR LIFE?

CREATIVITY: Creativity is the source of all possibilities. We are constantly challenged to explore this area of the brain. Music appeals to the part of the mind which opens new horizons. The study of music supports wonderment, imagination, appreciation and sensitivity. Music allows us to experience creativity as an inventive thinking style.

COMMUNICATION: Music is a language unto itself. Music can only truly be explained by music. If we do not expose the human to music, we are depriving the individual of an array of personal understandings that cannot be found in any other part of life.

CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: Intelligence is the ability to process facts and respond to the given situation or environment. Emotional stability stems from the capacity to deal with life’s many inconsistencies. To accomplish both, one must be able to access the cognitive (factual) and affective (emotional) side of the mind. Music is one of the few disciplines which demands this ability and reinforces learning patterns that allow for greater critical assessment.

COMMITMENT: Success is not measured by what we start, but rather by what we complete. In music, every student plays the entire composition from beginning to end. Although there may be errors in the performance, we never see a student simply stop and put the instrument away. The important qualities of tenacity and persistence establish habits for positive, productive living.