PS 22 Chorus- "Don't Stop Believin'"

Monday, December 19, 2011

Research Reveals Value of Music Education

Here are a few factoids from music research that reveal the value of music education.

1.  The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania School District analyzed its 1997 dropout rate in terms of students' musical experience.  Students with no ensemble performance experience had a dropout rate of 7.4 percent.  Students with one to two years of ensemble experience had a dropout rate of 1 percent, and those with three or more years of performance experience had a dropout rate of 0.0 percent.
                                                            -Eleanor Chute, "Music and Art Lessons Do More Than Complement Three R's", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 13, 1998.

2.  One in three of today's school-aged children will hold an arts-related job at some time in his or her career.
                                                            -Education Commission on the States

3.  Music students out-perform non-music on achievement tests in reading and math.  Skills such as reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration are developed in musical performance, and these skills are valuable to students in math, reading, and science.
                                                           -B. Friedman, "An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Instrumental Music Classes,"  Dissertation Abstracts International.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pence Program a Success

We had a fun time presenting our Christmas program on December 13th.  Held at the Fairfield High School Auditorium, it featured Pence's 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders in a musical entitled "It's Christmas, Carol!"  The plot centered around grumpy Carol, the head elf at the North Pole and her helper elves.  Through the interventions of the elves and the Ghosts of Holidays Past, Present and Future, Carol realized that she needn't be grumpy at the holidays.  The end result was a festive change of heart and an abundance of Yuletide cheer.  Here are some pictures from the performance.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pence 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Present "It's Christmas, Carol!"

We are well on the way to being ready for our Christmas program.  The students have been working hard on their lines and songs, and are excited about sharing them with their families.  A big thank you to those parents who are lending us costumes and/or props for the show.  However, we are still in need of the following:

Decorations for the stage, especially large toys like dolls, Jack-in-the-boxes, puzzles, and games in boxes                                                                                           
Toy hammers
Small blocks of wood
small paintbrushes and small jars of paint
Toy saws to pretend cut wood
Stovepipe hat like Abe Lincoln wore

Come and join us for the fun on Tuesday, December 13 at the high school auditorium at 7:00 pm!