The impact of music education on children is profound.
Music does more than just make sounds, it changes the way we think and act. The skills your child will learn in music will help them be successful on the stage, in the classroom, and for the rest of their lives.
of admissions officers of the nation's major universities say high school credit and achievement in the arts are significant considerations for admission
points scored higher on the SAT for students involved in public school music programs according to the College Entrance Examination Board.
Lewis Thomas, physician and biologist, found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students.
of respondents (Gallup Poll), believe music is part of a well-rounded education and should be offered as part of the regular curriculum in schools.
What is Band?
Message from the director:
I would like to encourage you to join band, orchestra or choir at the secondary campus you attend in the Mercedes district. The beginning classes at Harrell & Chacon Middle Schools are designed to have you learn how to properly play the instrument as well as learn how to read the music. Most students begin the process in the 6th grade, however 7th and 8th graders may also join the beginning band. Then each year after you begin, you advance to the performing groups at each middle school and then to the High School level.
At the high school level, then your skills continue to develop to a high level in the various performing groups.... Mighty Tiger Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Bands, Jazz Band, Mariachi, Symphony Orchestra, and percussion ensembles.
Students who participate in music have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs among any group in our society.
H. Con. Res 266
United States Senate, June 2000
Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation.
College Entrance Examination Board
College-Bound Seniors National Report
Schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than those without music programs (90.2 percent compared to 72.9 percent).
U.S. Department of Education
The Be Part of the Music project exists to provide a variety of high quality tools to help music educators attract as many students as possible to their programs. Their goal is to help music educators effectively and efficiently communicate to students and parents what we already know: Music Is A Life Changing Activity!