As we listen to music it affects each one of us differently. The band leader hears the music up close with a trained ear. The clarinet player hears the whole band, but hears those closest to him clearer. The percussion players hear the music, but may actually feel the beat to a greater degree that those around them. While some say the audience members have the ultimate experience enjoying the music.
This past week the Columbia Central Jr – Sr band concert was held in the auditorium. The band members were all students who put in an amazing amount of effort learning and perfecting each piece of music. Not only do they play in the band, many of the musicians also take Advanced Placement courses, which focus on college level curriculum for high school students. These students must not only put a great deal of time and effort into their music, but complete hours of homework and research to be successful in the Advanced Placement course.
Other students who play in the band compete in athletics. Combining music and athletics is challenging even for the best of students. These student musicians must put in hours and hours afterschool practicing their sport, go home do their homework, then practice their music. These students are incredibly dedicated to giving their best in music, academics and athletics.
Students who are band members who enjoy athletics and academics value the benefits of music, along with many in the community. Columbia School District values music education for our students. Leading up to band in the high school, even elementary students have the opportunity to enjoy music class. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade participate in general music, which includes vocal and instrumental music. Our sixth grade students may choose to enjoy beginning band. Once students enter seventh grade, there is junior high band and choir. Our senior high school students may play in the band and enjoy choir class. In addition, marching band includes after school practices and many students sing in our musicals.
The strong music program at Columbia has lasting benefits for our students including making memories, and new friends. Not only is it rewarding to have a great music program, studies have shown that music reduces stress, increases happiness and improves health. If you are interested in coming and enjoying our music performances, stay tuned to the Columbia School District calendar on our home page at myeagles.org. If you have questions about your child attending Columbia and participating in music or other programs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.