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 RPIMS Orchestra is a great way to get started at Raymond Park Middle School. As a 6th, 7th or 8th grader, you can begin to learn how to play a string instrument. You have four instrument choices which are listed on this site. This page will give you some information on what the orchestra is about, what to expect, and what you need to do to get started. JOINING THE RPIMS ORCHESTRA IS REALLY SIMPLE...just start out by completing the interest form above or below. If you have ANY questions, just ask Mr. Gay! Meanwhile, check out our videos and website. Most students say that joining orchestra is the best decision they have ever made. We cannot wait to have you in the orchestra next year!
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).