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♫ “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
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Swedesboro-Woolwich Music Programs._____________________________________________Congratulations to the combined 5th & 6th Grade Chorusand the 6th Grade Band on a Fantastic Winter Concert!Events & Dates:Walter Hill School Music EventsSpring Concert (Involves 6th Grade Band & Chorus) - Tuesday, June 5 at 7pmHigh Notes Festival (Involves 6th Grade Band & Chorus) - Thursday, May 31General Charles G. Harker School EventsSpring Concert (Involves 5th Grade Band & Chorus) - Thursday, June 7 at 7pmSouth Jersey Band Festival (Involves 5th Grade Band) - Friday, June 8WHY 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, 1996Click HERE for Music NewslettersClick HERE for Lesson SchedulesClick HERE for Practice SheetClick HERE to listen to past performances of band & chorusThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.