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Music Education is Essential

Music integration into the core curriculum and music for music’s sake is offered for all Miles ELC students from pre-school through 2nd grade. Students 3rd-8th grade are given the option of taking band, orchestra or classical guitar.

For Its Intrinsic Value

Guitar IThe study of music is rewarding in and of itself. Music study offers students an opportunity to experience the pleasure of self-expression. Making music in an ensemble with their peers also provides students a unique experience of creating something as a group that isn't possible individually. Through music study, students develop appreciation skills that will support them as lifelong patrons of the arts—an essential element to the continuity of music in our communities and schools.

For Success in All Academics

Many studies exist supporting the correlation between the study of music and higher achievement in other academic areas. In 2008, a more definitive study by the Dana Arts & Cognition Consortium provided more concrete evidence connecting the study of music to improved cognition. While its intrinsic value is a fundamental reason for studying music, the fact that music study positively affects academic performance in other subjects should elevate its importance in the curriculum. At a time when academic performance is being scrutinized, our state's leaders and school administrators should be mindful of this powerful connection.

For Retention in School, Discipline, and Positive Relationships

Student playing guitarIn line with supporting academic success and preparing students for their future, school music study has proven to improve several areas important to a student's overall success and satisfaction in their educational experience. Studies show a correlation between enrollment in music courses and higher attendance rates, lower drop out rates, and fewer discipline issues. With an emphasis on ensemble performance, school music study requires students to develop effective communication and cooperation skills. Music ensembles also provide students the opportunity to foster positive relationships. For many students, the music ensemble offers the only setting where they experience the benefits of positive relationships with others. In music class, students enter a positive environment requiring their discipline, commitment, and passion. In return, they receive the unique reward that only music can offer.

For Successful Entry into the 21st Century Workforce

Guitar II Leaders in business and technology now assert that creativity and innovation are fundamental characteristics for individuals entering the workforce. In a world where routine tasks can be automated and outsourced, it is the mind that has been focused on creative innovation that will succeed. While music study supports the analytical academic skills essential for entering this highly-technical workforce, it also helps students develop what are now the vital skills for realizing a competitive edge in today's workforce: artistry, empathy, inventiveness, collaboration, leadership, and critical thinking. These skills are necessary in preparing students for the reality of their future.

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Performing Ensembles

Beginning Band

This ensemble is for students who are new to music and wish to play a Band Instrument (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, & Percussion.) This band meets before school on Tuesdays & Fridays from 8:00am to 8:30am. Students must arrive 5 minutes early to set up instruments. Students are expected to attend end of semester concerts.

Advanced Band

This ensemble is comprised of students who have played a band instrument for 1-2 years and are still in grades 4-5. Students will review and build upon concepts learned in Beginning Band and will begin learning sheet music. Beginning students at the middle school level are encouraged to play with the Advanced Band to supplement learning and help them catch up with more advanced middle school students. Students are expected to attend end of semester concerts. Advanced Band meets before school on Tuesdays & Fridays from 8:30am to 9:00am. Students must arrive 5 minutes early to set up instruments.

Beginning Orchestra

This ensemble is for students who are new to orchestra string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass) and are in 3rd through 5th grade. This class meets before school from 8:00 to 8:30 on Mondays and Thursdays. This class performs in 2 concerts per year.

Middle School Band

This ensemble is comprised of students who wish to play a band instrument and who are in grades 6-8. This ensemble quickly reviews skills and concepts learned in the Elementary Bands. Students will work from the Essential Elements 2000 book 1, and they will play sheet music. A portion of this class is self-paced to accommodate the diverse skill level of the students in the Middle School Band. Student who are beginners at their instrument are highly encouraged to come before school to play with the Elementary bands. Students are required to attend end of semester concerts. Middle School Band meets Tuesdays & Fridays during 3rd period, 9:30am to 11:05am.

Advanced Orchestra

This class is for 4th and 5th graders who have had at least one year of orchestra. This class meets before school on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 – 9:00. This class performs in 2 concerts per year.

Lead Guitar

Rooms 5, 6 and 7 participate in the Lead Guitar program. Each class comes twice a week and work with Rebecca. A Lead Guitar Master teacher comes once a month. These classes perform at Harvest Feast and perform an end of the year concert in May.

Middle School Orchestra

This class is open to all Middle School students who want to play a string instrument and who are in 6th – 8th grade. This class welcomes beginners, but focuses on perfecting and advancing skills that students learned in Elementary school. This class meets Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:05. This class participates in a TUSD middle school orchestra festival every year as well as the TUDS Middle School Honors Orchestra Festival. In the past we have also performed at the Pima County Fair. This class also presents two performances at Miles each year.

Lead Guitar Middle School

This class is open to all 6th-8th grade students who wish to learn or continue learning the guitar using the Lead Guitar method. This class meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 – 11:05.This class performs twice a year. Some advanced students are invited to perform in the Lead Guitar Gala each May at the University of Arizona and we have several Miles students who are studying privately with Lead Guitar master teachers. Master teachers also come once a month to work with students at Miles. The rest of the time, the students are working with Rebecca. A portion of this class is self paced to accommodate different skill levels.

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