This coming week, elementary parents of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders can enroll their child in the school elementary music program. All that is required is that first-year students and parents attend one of the parent meetings.
For string players, those meetings are held at Montgomery Elementary, 1441 Danbury St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and at Patwin Elementary School, 2222 Shasta Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Future band students should attend a meeting at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. at 7:30 p.m. on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Continuing students can re-enroll by submitting the appropriate form to school by Friday. If access to an instrument is a limiting factor for participation, then school instruments are available on request.
Music parents will appreciate many benefits of the program for their children, especially by the time they reach junior high. School music is one of very few subjects that require regular group cooperation to succeed. Nearly every other school subject is taught and assessed at an individual level, as noted in the way standardized tests are given.
Group work skills are essential throughout a person’s life. In learning to work together, students develop supportive friendships with classmates. This provides social stability at a critical time in a child’s life and cultivates a sense of positive group identity.
Music students develop rehearsal/performance experience. Throughout our lives at various times, we all stand up and perform for others, whether it is to entertain, inform or persuade an audience. Successful performance requires patience, careful preparation, practice and the ability to respond to constructive criticism. School music performance develops those skills.
Your music student also will develop artistic and esthetic sensibilities. What makes a music performance artistically interesting? What looks and sounds good and why? This kind of critical assessment experience applies to many endeavors beyond music.
We are very fortunate that Davis schools have kept this program in spite of recent challenging times. Please consider enrolling your child.