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    Music Matters
     “Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”  -Plato, philosopher, mathematician, founder of the Academy of Athens
     “The foundation of our civilization were laid in the Greek democracies of two and a half thousand years ago, and even then, music was recognized of paramount importance.” -Music Training Should Be Part of the Education of American Children, John C. Mc.Laren Chairman and CEO of BBE Sound, Inc. September 10, 1990

    Thank you for your support of the
    Swedesboro-Woolwich Music Programs.
    Events & Dates:
     Walter Hill School Music Events 
    Walter Hill School
    High Notes Festival - May 31, 2019 - 8:00am to 8:00pm - Six Flags, Great Adventure
    (Involves 6th grade band & 6th grade chorus)
    Spring Concert - June 6, 2019 - 7pm - Walter Hill School Gymnasium
    (Involves 6th grade band & 6th grade chorus)
    Recordings of Walter Hill Band Selections: 
    Click on the title to listen to the piece.
    Dark Adventure

    Brain Stew


    The Red Planet

    General Charles G. Harker School Events 
    Harker School
    Spring Concert - May 22, 2019 - 7:00pm - Harker School Cafetorium
    (Involves 5th grade band & 5th grade chorus)
    Music & Arts Elementary Band Festival - June 7, 2019 - School Day - Rancaucas Valley Reg. HS
    (Involves 5th grade band)
    Recordings of Harker School Band Selections: 
    Click on the title to listen to the piece.
                        WHY IS MUSIC EDUCATION IMPORTANT?

     Research continues to provide increasing amounts of data which substantiates the fact that music instruction has profound affects on human development; most notably in children.  Did you know the following?


     One study revealed that young children who received a year of musical training showed brain changes and superior memory compared with children who did not receive the instruction.  “It is very interesting that the children taking music lessons improved more over the year on general memory skills that are correlated with nonmusical abilities—such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ—than did the children not taking lessons,” said Laurel J. Trainor, researcher of the study at McMaster University in Canada.   -Fujioka, Ross, Kakigi, Pantev and Trainor.  Brain, a Journal of Neurology Oxford University Press, September 2006


     Music enhances the process of learning.  The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.  -Konrad, R.R., “Empathy, Arts and Social Studies.” 2000


     The College Entrance Examination Board reports, “Students of the arts continue to  outperform their non-arts peers on SAT.  In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the math portion than  students with no coursework/experience in the arts.” -Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by MENC, 2001, 1996



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