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    Dear Pleasant Grove Parents:

    Welcome to fall and the beginning of the holiday season. Our music program continues to move forward at a fast pace. We are enjoying the unlimited possibilities of music learning and music making, otherwise known as ART.

    This is often the time of year when school becomes a bit routine. The realization of tests, lengthy assignments and crucial deadlines becomes apparent. The involvement in other activities such as sports, drama and other clubs offer many pathways for children to explore. Many students find themselves in a bind and begin to seek ways to shed the burden of over-commitment. Unfortunately, music is often the target of this quick-fix solution.

    Beware of the shallow contention, “But I have taken music classes and I just don’t have the time to continue with music when there is so much to do.” Initially this statement seems to have some merit, but when parents clearly understand that music stimulates the creative mind and unleashes multidimensional thinking that reinforces the highest level of intellect, memory and sensory awareness, the argument is short-lived. The question to ask your child is, “Do you want to master the disciplines required to achieve your life-goals?” The obvious “yes” answer supports a continuation of music study.

    Over the years, music educators have carefully tracked test scores of students involved in music classes compared to those who were not. The statistics highlight a dramatic variance that cannot be ignored. Students with coursework/experience in music performance scored significantly higher in math, reading and writing than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. And a difference in scores increased with the number of years involved.

    The benefits of music study extend far beyond the performance. Please join with me to guarantee a promising future for your child and all the young musicians in our program by encouraging them to continue their study of music.

    Sincerely,

               

     

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    Mr. Newsham, Music Teacher

    newshamj@centergrove.k12.in.us

    Pleasant Grove Elementary School

    887-8525 ext. 7201