Welcome to Mr. Tranz's Webpage
    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 (Involves 6th Grade Band & Chorus) = Thursday, May 31 (8AM to 8PM)
    Spring Concert (Involves 6th Grade Band & Chorus) - Tuesday, June 5 at 7PM
    Chorus Performance at Clifford School - Tuesday, June 12 (During School Day)
    General Charles G. Harker School Events 
    Harker School
    Spring Concert (Involves 5th Grade Band & Chorus) - Thursday, June 7 at 7PM
    South Jersey Band Festival (Involves 5th Grade Band) - Friday, June 8 (During School Day)
                        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


    Click HERE for Music Newsletters
    Lesson Schedule
    Click HERE for Lesson Schedules       
    Practice Sheet
    Click HERE for Practice Sheet 
    Click HERE to listen to past performances of band & chorus
    The purpose of this webpage is to provide the parents and students of the General Charles C. Harker & Walter Hill Schools with referential information regarding the fifth and sixth grade instrumental and choral programs.  Information regarding instrument lessons, as well as, band and chorus policies and procedures are provided.
    Use the information as a reference.  Monthly Music Newsletters will be sent home with students participating in the band program.  Please refer to monthly newsletters for additional information regarding performance dates and for additional events not posted at this time.
    Please contact Mr. Tranz with any questions or concerns by email at dtranz@swsdk6.com (this is the best way to get a hold of me since I will be traveling between buildings).


    Click here to view the top 10 reasons why music instruction is important to your child.  Keep supporting music in our schools.
Last Modified on May 3, 2018