Why Fund a Band?
Band is academic, creative, physical, and emotional. It requires leadership and teamwork, in a cross-gender environment that represents the true work environment students will encounter in their adult lives. Many classes and activities can claim the ability to develop students in some of these categories, but none can list them all like instrumental music. Music performance is timeless.
Instrumental music builds and enhances brain functions. We are on the cutting edge of breakthrough mind-research concerning “how the brain works." With the improvement of technology, we can now watch the mind creating an infinite network of dendrites (maps-of-learning) as the neurons continuously fire establishing an ever-growing structure supporting the learning process. It is believed music learning activates various areas of the brain and synchronizes the mind for learning at a fast pace while stretching the memory to a higher level of retention.
Music touches a part of our human psyche that helps us regulate our lives. Music helps us understand and express our moods and attitudes. Music helps us reorganize our thoughts and feelings while keeping us on track. Music allows us to respond appropriately in social structure that is often confusing and complex. There is no substitute for music.