Information for New Students and Parents


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Frequently Asked Questions



Dear Parents:


As your child prepares for the exciting transition from middle school to high school, I wanted to reach out to you and share a few thoughts about our program and its benefits for your son or daughter.


Entering high school is a giant step forward in every child’s educational journey. Students are facing some important decisions that will have a long-term impact on their lives. Often young people fear the added workload of the high school curriculum and assume they will not have time to participate in the music program. That is simply not true. Ironically, it is often the continuation of musical studies that serves as the transitional key to success. Being a member of a music ensemble ensures instant acceptance in a respected organization at the onset of freshman year. A group of supporting friends is already established with a firm sense of “belonging.”


With this new chapter comes new opportunities and some difficult decisions. You want your child to be engaged, challenged, and prepared for high school and beyond. Just as important, you want to know that your child is in a supportive and safe atmosphere that will allow them to not only survive but to thrive. I know that in the Green Hope band program, we can provide all of that and more!


Music is more than an artistic endeavor. It is a science, a foreign language, and a sport all rolled into one. Being a part of the band program means your child has a home base at school for the next four years. A place where they will be engaged at the highest levels and surrounded by the best students; a place where they will be supported and challenged physically, mentally, and musically; a place that teaches character, commitment, and cooperation; a place that will allow them to grow and blossom as a student, a musician, and a leader.


As a parent, you need to know that:
* Research shows that when music is included in a student’s daily learning that reading, writing and math scores improve.
* There is a high correlation between positive self-perception, high cognitive competence scores, healthy self-esteem, total interest in school activities and the study of music.
* College admission officers give special consideration to students who are part of their high school music programs.
* The longer an individual studies music, the higher his/her scores tend to be on both the verbal and math portions of the SAT examination.
* Employers often seek out students who are part of their high school music program because of the student’s ability to solve problems and work well with all kinds of people.


Setting aside all of the academic and brain-based research, band also immerses your child into a culture of high achieving students who are committed to high standards of behavior and character development. On an almost daily basis we talk about teamwork, commitment, dedication, and issues related to personal development and character education. These are the values and skills that will help your child to be successful in everything they do.


I want you to know that I am committed to your child’s happiness and success and I join you in your commitment to the best education possible. I want you to know that whether or not your child plays their instrument after high school, band will help them to be successful throughout their lives. Your child deserves the best as he/she enters the high school culture. Please contact me at bmyers@wcpss.net if you have any questions concerning this vitally important decision.


Sincerely,

Brian Myers
Director of Bands


P.S. Please feel free to visit our website (www.greenhopeband.org) or Facebook Fan Page (Green Hope Bands) to learn more about what we do.


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