Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hello all!

As this journey through music gets more difficult it is often tempting to let our children drop out of band or strings. Keep in mind that what your children are doing in their music classes makes them better students and employees later in life?

There are some interesting facts about music education and what it can do for your child. These are only a few that I have chosen. If you want to look into it more you will also find facts about students increased acceptance rates to medical schools as well as drop reduced drop out rates for students who participate in music.

We are in a time where high stakes testing is taking hold in our school systems. It's is important to take note that students with schools that have high quality instrumental music programs scored 17% higher in math than children in schools without a music program.

In 2006, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.

Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments.

"I have made a career doing things that weren’t even invented when I graduated from high school 40 years ago. It will be the same for today’s graduates, only on a sharply accelerating timeline. Much of what I learned in the classroom is obsolete or, at best, only marginally useful. What has made a difference in my life has been the ability to learn as I go, to adapt to new ideas, to have the courage to take risks, and to feel confident I will be able to perform and successfully meet the challenges of new situations. These skills I learned through participation in band and drama." - Fred Behning retired from IBM Corporation after a 32-year career that included assignments in systems engineering, product development, management, and customer technology briefings, and is still an IBM consultant. A life-long musician, Fred plays oboe and English horn in the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Symphonic Band. 

And as always thank you for your continued support of our music programs!

Karia Schofield

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hello again!

Well all our band students completed their first concert on Thursday 1/17. They did a great job demonstrating the new skills they have been working on. Thank you to all the parents that made sure their student were looking their finest. It was great to see you all there and nice to talk with a few of you at the end of the evening.

6th grade strings parents: Your child has a concert on Feb. 19th at the Wyoming Center. This is a district 6-12 gala concert, so you get a chance to see where your children are headed in the future with their instrument. Please set aside this date. There will be more information coming home soon.

6th grade band parents: Your child has another concert coming up very soon! Their district gala will be Feb. 26th at the Wyoming Center. There will be more information at a later date.

5th grade strings are working on learning new fingerings along with how to play with their bow. This is more difficult than most people think. If you want to try an experiment to see how hard it can be try tapping your left hand fingers on a table while sliding your right hand back and forth. These are the motions that they are trying coordinate.

Thanks for you continued support and as always if you have questions feel free to email me at:

Karia Schofield

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Band students your concert is next week. The concert will be at Pronghorn at 6:30 p.m. Please be in the band room between 6:00-6:10. All students need to have their instrument and music. They also need to be wearing dress clothes and shoes.

Students often ask me why they can not wear jeans and tennis shoes to these occasions. I explain to them that it is important to dress appropriately for each activity that we participate in. If you participate in football, hockey, swimming, dance, etc. there is are appropriate things to wear, this is also true of a performance. Please help your students understand this by providing them with a dress outfit.

6th grade string parents, your students are preparing for the district string gala in February.

5th grade string parents we are learning new notes and techniques. These require practice at home so that we can progress quickly as a group.

And as always, thanks for your continued support!