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posted Jan 12, 2015, 11:43 AM by jmarcotte@sau4.org   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 7:19 PM ]

Music Education

January 9, 2015 Dear Parents/Guardians,

Research confirms that music education at an early age greatly increases the likelihood that a child will grow up to seek higher education and ultimately earn a higher salary. Seventy-two percent of adults with music education agreed that it equipped them to be better team players in their careers, and nearly six in ten agreed that music education had influenced their creative problem-solving skills. Many also agreed music education provided a disciplined approach to problem-solving, a sense of organization, and prepared them to manage the tasks of their jobs more successfully.

A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests than those who had no music involvement. Music reaches the soul and reminds us of the uniqueness of our existence. It challenges us with discipline, structure, mathematical and technical concepts. Music is global, music is personal, and music is a connecting thread through humanity. Music engages the mathematical concepts of fractions and time. Music exemplifies the scientific theories of sound and tone. Music is a common language, NOT a foreign language, that is spoken throughout the universe in time and space. Music is a reader’s expression of letters and sound. Music is a storyteller’s canvas. (Taken from www.menc.org)

We are so fortunate to have music education in our district! Wednesday night was a great display of this research. All night long our students were engaged in showing us what they have learned throughout their music study. It was incredible to watch how far our students have come throughout the semester. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Have a great weekend!


 To our incredible and talented music teacher, Mrs. Bird! The way she incorporates movement, dance, public speaking, solo opportunities, reading of music, and playing of a variety of instruments is amazing. We are so lucky to have her teaching our students! 

 To the NHCS staff for all the “behind the scenes” work—staff who helped with decorations, staff who collected the instruments throughout the night, staff who attended to cover for a colleague and who helped the students understand the importance of being a good audience member.

  To the entire audience—you were the most respectful audience I have witnessed at a NHCS concert during my tenure. Thank you so much for modeling such great manners!