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Throughout music classes, we will be studying musical performances and concepts in accordance with the following goals:

 

The Creative Process: We are learning to understand the elements that align with dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

 

History of the Arts and Culture: We are learning to understand the role, development, and influence of music, and visual arts, throughout various historical periods and across various cultures.

 

Performing: We are learning to create, perform and present music through dance, music, and theatre.

 

Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies: We are learning to analyze dance, music, theatre, and visual arts through the use of creative judgement and music terminology.

 

The benefits of playing, singing and performing music:

 

  1. Music training develops areas of the brain involved in language and reasoning. Studies show that training musical abilities help develop the part of the left side of the brain that is involved in language processing, often by linking familiar songs to new information.

  2. Students of music learn to use creative thinking and problem solving skills, by attempting different solutions to projects and performances, and rejecting ideas that do not work. Projects in the arts do not have one “right answer.”

  3. Studies show a connection between students of music, and success in the classroom. By using creative thinking and problem solving skills, students can achieve higher grades in core classes.

  4. A study shows that studying music provides children with an overview of different cultures, and leads them to treating every culture with compassion and empathy.

  5. Studying music encourages teamwork and discipline skills. For a performance to sound good, all participants must work together towards a single goal. Each individual must commit themselves to better the ensemble through practice and dedication.

  6. Music allows children to express themselves. Self-esteem is a byproduct of this learned self-expression.

  7. Music performance enhances confidence that allows children to conquer their fears and take risks. Dealing with anxiety early, makes it less of a problem later in life, and allows each student to full develop their potential.