Tumwater Middle School Orchestra

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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:

Hello future TMS Orchestra! Learning an instrument and playing in orchestra is tons of fun! Anyone can join orchestra (6th/7th/8th graders), even if you've never played an instrument before. Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass are the four different instruments you can choose for TMS Orchestra. I am so excited that you are interested in music! Many of Mr. Keeling's students believe that Orchestra is the BEST class at TMS. They love making music with their friends, going on trips, and playing in concerts. Write a question below or send an email if you're thinking about joining!

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

Instrument Demonstrations

Parent Interviews

Instrument Matching Tool

Part of enjoying the band is being successful on your instrument. This isn't a test, and you can't fail. The Instrument Matching Tool will help match you with the right instrument! EVERYONE can be in music. At the end, you will be asked to list your instrument preferences in priority order. Click on the button to begin.

Find Your Match

Is your child interested in joining orchestra?

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Contact Information

Tumwater Middle School Orchestra
Director: Mr. Keeling
Phone: 360-709-7543
Email: joshua.keeling@tumwater.k12.wa.us
Website: https://www.tumwater.k12.wa.us/Page/7900