(Lake View with Opera phenom Ana Maria Martinez)
Music is an art form based on creating, performing and responding where one’s enjoyment increases exponentially with one’s understanding. A music education will develop life-long learning abilities and aesthetic skills necessary to improve quality of life in our society. A rigorous music education will prepare students for success in college and career. Students may choose to attend college as a music major or minor. Students are also prepared to compete for music scholarships regardless of their chosen major. Ultimately, the skills gained through intense music study and practice are desirable to any college major and career.
Some facts regarding Music Education include:
- Students in music learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions regarding music do not have only one right answer.
- Recent studies show that students who study music are more successful on standardized tests such as the ACT. They also achieve higher grades in high school.
- A study of music provides students with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures.
- Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student's own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.
- In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
- Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for a band or choir to sound good, all performers must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.
- Music provides students with a means of self-expression and self-esteem.
- Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on "doing," as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple intellects that music education helps to create as described above. In the music classroom, students also learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.
- Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.
Quotes from recent graduates regarding the Music Department:
"I learned so much through the LV jazz program! Through experiencing different cultural music, working as a unit with other students and opportunities to perform in various public venues, I gained skills that transfer beyond the stage and the band room. I will forever be appreciative of the LV Jazz program for being a gateway to college and for sparking in me an undying passion for music, education and diversity."
William Hatchet, 2005
“Music classes at LV meant the world to me. It was a tough time in my life in general but music was one of the only things I had to look forward to everyday. Music challenged me far more than any other classes I had and was a unique experience that I continue to treasure. I am so grateful for the LV music program and could not imagine LV without it.”
Mohammed Mithun, 2009
“Music at Lake View provided me with friends and teachers that supported me as a student, musician, and a person. Being a part of the band required the same amount of dedication that I gave to my academic studies, and it taught me the hard work that goes into setting a goal and achieving it. The Music program at Lake View gave me the well-rounded education I was looking for.”
Elizabeth Paopao, 2011
"I can't imagine my life without having been in the music program at Lake View High School. Being in band made my four years a great experience. The various performances and events we had really broadened my mind on all aspects of music, culture, and diversity in general. I hope it continues to do the same to other students as it did me. I know that when I think back on high school my thoughts will revolve around band."
Samantha Marin, 2011
“Music at Lake View was more than just a class for me. Not only did I learn the technical and musical aspects of each piece we played, but I also learned more about myself each day. I learned skills that I apply to every facet of my life such as working hard, being a leader and most importantly working with others as a team. In the frantic haze that high school certainly can be music was a constant that helped me develop myself into the person I am today.”
Mark Morgan, 2012.
“Music at LV was the highlight of my high school years. It helped me grow personally and professionally. I have become more introspective, and music has taught me to express my creativity in unique ways.”
Faraz Khan, 2012 Posse Scholarship Winner.