Why Band Matters

Belonging

  • Band gives kids a place to belong.
  • Band is a family – a lot of students don’t have a support system in my district and this helps them “belong” to something.
  • Band is a home to many kids who don’t feel accepted elsewhere.
  • Band provides community and a place where kids can feel confident and safe.
  • It gives kids a sense of belonging especially if they don’t have their own family.
  • It’s a home for my kids.
  • It’s teamwork, ownership, and talent all rolled into the surname of FAMILY.
  • Band matters because you build friendships and skills to carry you though life – wherever it takes you.
  • Kids, especially middle school kids, need to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Creativity & Expression

  • Band enhances creative thinking and is an enriching creative outlet.
  • Band gives us the chance to create beauty, elicit emotion, create that work of art through music.
  • It allows expression without words.
  • It teaches skills not reached in other content areas. Artistic expression is something our society is in desperate need of … and fosters creative thought and growth.
  • Band helps create a family of musicians while helping students learn to cope with life through creating art.
  • Because it allows us to teach love, joy, and humanity to the next generation.
  • It gives students an outlet to be creative and be involved in something other than athletics. It improves brain synapses.

Life Skills

  • We teach excellence in all things by achieving excellence in small things.
  • Band allows students a chance to practice emotions, fine motor skills, discipline, rigor, and persistence.
  • Band is a safe place where all students can develop discipline, teamwork and the love of making music together.
  • Band is collaborative! It teaches patience, persistence, and responsibility.
  • In a world of instant gratification, it teaches students how to handle failure and keep on going.
  • It teaches all the skills needed to succeed in life.
  • It teaches life long skills and builds life long relationships.
  • It’s a place to belong that insists on respect, perseverance, forgiveness, compassion, and positive outlook.
  • Students get to learn skills needed in today’s workplace: critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and social skills.
  • Students in band learn so much more than music (which is proven to impact brain power!).  They learn self discipline, team skills, goal setting, and work ethic.
  • Teaches focused concentration, grit, cooperation and shared responsibility; gives an emotional outlet.
  • Band is not only good for the brain, but a student’s first apprenticeship opportunity.

Balance 

  • Band matters because it gives students balance at school where importance is placed so heavily on academic performance.
  • Band matters to balance our education.  It incorporates science, math and physical activity.
  • Band matters because it becomes the reason why some students strive to do well in school so they can participate in the things they love.
  • Not every student experiences success in the academic classroom. Band is a great way for students to experience success.
  • It can be the area that shines for non academic students and enriches the lives of everyone.
  • Band also serves all, whether it is a student who does it all (3 sports, NHS, choir, drama, band, etc.) or someone who loves music and just music.
  • Band is an activity that involves all students at all levels of interest and ability.

Team Work

  • Band matters because every kids plays and contributes to the team. Every kid is engaged and participating and can enjoy the final product.
  • Band teaches students to work together in an environment where everyone is important all the time.
  • Because kids need positive role models in an atmosphere where kids learn how to respectfully work together towards a goal that is bigger than themselves.
  • Biggest group project the students do all year. Results and process to take pride in.
  • It’s a team where everyone wins and no one is ever on the bench.
  • It’s team building, problem-solving, skill building hard work that is immensely rewarding.
  • Students become part of a group and learn to think beyond themselves.
  • Working together to achieve a common goal with students who may have little in common.
  • Band is an important outlet for students to be a part of team, and express themselves musically.

The Whole Child

  • Music helps educate the whole child, and improves brain function.
  • Band teaches skills not necessary taught in the academic classroom and fosters community building in unlikely places.
  • Band provides so many important attributes for students to have a well-rounded education. From discipline, structure to social interaction and needed in the real world.
  • Band addresses the social, emotional, and musical needs of students around the world.
  • Band develops students into better humans – socially and emotionally as well as making their brains better!
  • Band is a safe place for all, a creative outlet and a challenge.
  • Increases cognitive reasoning, enhances collaborative works, gives emotional outlet and offers creative thinking.
  • It is a comprehensive education that improves the IQ, creativity, leadership and problem solving in multiple areas of study.
  • Music is a foundational discipline that aids in the learning of all other subjects.
  • We are building a whole child to work collaboratively in their future.
  • We teach students how to be better people through music.
  • Band gives kids a chance to work with students they don’t see in their other classes, helps them develop confidence, and is the reason that certain children come to school.
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