Brookings Bobcat Orchestras

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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 Orchestra?

Message from the director:

The philosophy of the Brookings School Orchestra Directors is to always put the best interest of the students first and foremost. Through the exploration of emotions, feelings, and creativity, we believe the knowledge and process that the learner experiences will nurture the student as an individual and create a good citizen, one that is conscious of positive involvement and contribution to the world. Fostering, nurturing, and encouraging the path of lifelong learners to becoming successful citizens, this is the philosophy upon which we teach music. We believe that creating a supportive environment upon which a learner feels safe to explore music and learning is paramount within music education.

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 NELLS88 Database

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Contact Information

Brookings Bobcat Orchestras
Director: Kathy Winghart
Phone: 605-696-4114