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Event celebrates music’s importance to education

If you’ve picked up a newspaper lately or scrolled through your Facebook or Twitter feeds, you know there’s been a lot of talk recently about the new statewide testing system.

Testing and learning standards are critical to what we do as a school district, and most agree that some system of accountability is essential to maintain school quality. Our parents, teachers and taxpayers are better informed about our schools because of report cards and data.

But that’s only part of the story. Our students deserve a well-rounded education beyond test scores, and in Grandview Heights, providing opportunities in the arts and music is an important part of what we do.

Music and the arts are basic to the quality and richness of life and are an essential component of every child’s education. Research has found that learning music not only fosters learning in other core subjects such as math and reading, but it also teaches important life skills. A high-quality music education provides opportunities to perform, improvise, compose and arrange music in all mediums, including the use of technology. These music experiences are an effective vehicle for transmitting self-confidence, self-discipline, cooperative learning, social interaction and cultural awareness and will foster continual musical development in all students.

Grandview schools’ music department is proud to participate in Music In Our Schools Month. It’s the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration during March that engages music educators, students and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high-quality music education programs in schools.

Music In Our Schools Month began in 1973 as a single day of advocacy and celebration in the state of New York. Since then it has grown to become a month-long celebration of school music across the nation.

Our celebration in Grandview Heights will be highlighted by several performances featuring our student vocalists and musicians. These performance include:

• Grandview Heights High School’s spring musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — 8 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 7; ticketed event.

• The high school choirs’ Adjudicated Events Seminar — 6:30 p.m. March 10; free.

• The high school bands’ Music In Our Schools Month concert — 7 p.m. March 12; free.

• Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School bands’ Music In Our Schools Month concert — 6 and 7 p.m. March 18; free.

We are proud of the outstanding work of our students and staff and we hope you will consider attending one of our many events. Thank you for your continued support of high-quality music education in the Grandview Heights City Schools.

Article by Andy Culp, www. thisweeknews.com, www.msidallas.com