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March is Music In Our Schools Month!


March is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. It’s MUSIC  IN  OUR  SCHOOLS  MONTH !

Why Play Music?

  • It’s fun! Playing and learning music benefits people of all ages.
  • Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words
  • Research reveals strong connections between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers
  • Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests
  • Students in all regions with lower-quality instrumental programs scored higher in English and mathematics than students who had no music at all
  • Music education improves average SAT scores
  • In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs)
  • Musicians are found to have superior working memory compared to non-musicians
  • Music stimulate parts of the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
  • Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age
  • Cognitive and neural benefits of musical experience continue throughout the lifespan, and counteract some of the negative effects of aging

Source: NAMM Foundation

Andy’s Music School Recital May 3 2014

March is “Music in Our Schools” Month

Director Leslie Owens warms up the band for rehearsal.

Director Leslie Owens warms up the band for rehearsal.

March is Music in Our Schools Month, and all the local middle and high school bands are preparing for the Musical Performance Assessment, formally known as State Contest. The MPA is being held this year March 13-15, at Baker High School in Mobile.

The MPA adjudicators use six criteria to rate the bands performance: tone, intonation, technique, rhythm, balance and musicianship. Each criterion has four grades possible, from the lowest grade Fair (D), to the highest Superior (A).

Judges comments are constructive and deal with fundamental principles and practices. Sight reading is also done after the bands adjudicated performance.

Spanish Fort Middle School, directed by Leslie Owens, is preparing for this year’s MPA with their “Winter Camp”, which was held this past week. Invited guest clinicians were Dr. Byron Dawes, band director at Theodore High School, Renee Thomas, director from Daphne Middle School, Mark Foster, assistant director at Daphne High School, and Donald Morris, former trumpeter with the Mobile Symphony and master band instrument repairman at Andy’s Music.