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Music Advocacy’s Top Ten for Everyone

1. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania School District analyzed its 1997 dropout rate in terms of students’ musical experience. Students with no ensemble performance experience had a dropout rate of 7.4 percent. Students with one to two years of ensemble experience had a dropout rate of 1 percent, and those with three or more years of performance experience had a dropout rate of 0.0 percent.
Eleanor Chute, “Music and Art Lessons Do More Than Complement Three R’s,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
April 13, 1998.

2. Two research projects have found that music training - specifically piano instruction - can dramatically enhance children’s spatial-temporal reasoning skills, the skills crucial for greater success in subjects like math and science.
Shaw, Grazianow, and Peterson, Neurological Research, March 1999.

3. School leaders affirm that the single most critical factor in sustaining arts education in their schools is the active involvement of influential segments of the community. These community members help shape and implement the policies and programs of the district.
- Gaining the Arts Advantage, The President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities, 1999.

4. Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.
- Bands Across the USA.

5. Music students out-perform non-music on achievement tests in reading and math. Skills such as reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration are developed in musical performance, and these skills are valuable to students in math, reading, and science.
- B. Friedman, “An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary
School Instrumental Music Classes,” Dissertation Abstracts International.

6. One in three of today’s school-aged children will hold an arts-related job at some time in his or her career.
- Education Commission on the States.

7. The College Board, in a publication about college admissions, states, “preparation in the arts will be valuable to college entrants whatever their intended field of study.”
- Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need To Know and Be Able To Do, The College

8. Music therapists working with Alzheimer’s patients have found that rhythmic interaction or listening to music resulted in decreased agitation, increased focus and concentration, enhanced ability to respond verbally and behaviorally, elimination of demented speech, improved ability to respond to questions, and better social interaction.
- Carol Prickett and Randall Moore, “The Use of Music to Aid Memory of Alzheimer’s Patients,” Journal
of Music Therapy, 1991.

9. Medical researchers have reported that subjects lowered bother their systolic and diastolic blood pressure as much as five points (mm/Hg) and reduced heart rates by four to five beats per minute following music listening sessions. People with high blood pressure can help keep their blood pressure down by listening to tapes of relaxing low frequency music in the morning and evening.
- Tony Wigram, “The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Low Frequency Sound and Music,” Music
Therapy Perspectives, 1995.

10. A 1997 Gallup Survey on Americans’ attitudes toward music revealed that 89% of respondents believe music helps a child’s overall development, and 93% believe that music is part of a well-rounded education.
- Americans’ Attitudes Toward Music, The Gallup Organization, 1997.


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Play It Again Kettering!

The Kettering Music Department is starting a progrom aimed at insuring every Kettering student has an opportunity to study an instrument.  The music department will be collecting donated instruments, making necessary repairs through our partners at Hauer Music, and making the instruments available to families who cannot afford an instrument.  Additional information is available in the forms section or contact the Kettering Music office at 499-2647


Say What? Musicians Hear Better!
Check out this article from NPR (National Public Radio)

Life Lessons in the Arts
We have all heard of art for arts sake, but are there life lessons to be learned from a study of the arts? According to Elliot Eisner, professor of education and art at Stanford University, there are several. In his article, 10 Lessons the Arts Teach in youngARTS magazine he discusses what else you can learn from living an artists life.
1 The arts emphasize the importance of how things interact with each other rather than what is right or wrong.
2 The arts teach that problems can have several solutions that are equally valid.
3 The arts promote having multiple perspectives.
4 The arts reveal that goals and purposes are seldom final, but rather they change and develop over time.
5 The arts prove that certain emotions transcend language and words.
6 The arts teach the importance of small details.
7 The arts teach how to create within parameters.
8 The arts teach expression without saying anything.
9 The arts allow us to explore things we could not otherwise do.
10 An arts education shows the importance of art in our society.

Resource for Band/Orchestra Parents

There is a wonderful book called “Growing Your Musician: A Practical Guide for Band and Orchestra Parents” written by Tony Bancroft. The book was updated in 2007 and contains such varied topics as: “Getting Started, What is Practice?, What is Not Practice?, Private Lessons, Instrument Maintenance and Repair, and Music in College”
The book is published by Rowman & Littlefield Education and can be found at many online retail sources.

Kettering Music! Newsletter
You can download the latest newsletter at the bottom of this page or call the Music Office at 499-2647 for a printed copy. Enjoy!

Those with More Education and Higher Household Incomes are More Likely to Have Had Music Education - Music education Influences Level of Personal Fulfillment for Many U.S. Adults
Whether it’s chorus, band or just violin lessons, music impacts Americans’ lives. While singing in a chorus or playing an instrument is fun, it can also provide important skills like creative problem solving that can help lead to higher education and incomes as well as personal fulfillment. Click on the link below to read more from this poll.

Michael Berning – Coordinator of Music 
Lesley Johnson - Secretary
Najwa Turpen - IB Music


Michael Berning –Director of Bands
Bryce Newton, Jazz
Brandon Schick, Matthew Phillips, Krista Berning


Brody McDonald – Director of Choirs

Matt Koehler
Bryon Dobbs, accompanist

Richard Wright – Director of Orchestras
Michelle Dennis, Rebecca Soloman, Anna Bumiller