Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”
In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
Teenagers may use musical experiences to form friendships, and to set themselves apart from parents and younger kids.
Teens feel that playing music teaches self-discipline.
Teens look at music as an opportunity in school for engagement as performers, composers and intelligent listeners—activities and qualities that appear to be deeply meaningful to them.
Teens associate playing music with music literacy, listening skills, motor ability, eye-hand coordination and heightened intellectual capabilities.
— The NAMM Foundation
This week, a focus we’ve never blogged about in this feature: Very talented and very young musicians.
Let’s get started, right here in Badger Land with an old tune by Count Basie. Love that baritone sax in this one that really swings.
Love that bit of an echo in my old workplace, the state Capitol rotunda.
Staying in Wisconsin, the Young Performers Initiative is a statewide effort to raise the visibility of the arts, celebrate the creative achievements of Wisconsin youth and support the arts in education. Led by Public Broadcasting in Wisconsin, in partnership with Wisconsin School Music Association, this initiative shines a spotlight on Wisconsin’s talented young performers.
The 2013 Wisconsin State Honors Band performs a terrific march at Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.
We now move to Door County. The Birch Creek Percussion & Steel Band summer academy in Egg Harbor, WI offers a comprehensive summer education experience for the young adult percussionist.
Next, the Latino Arts Strings Program, created and directed by Dinorah Marquez is a pre-college music training program in Milwaukee that provides Latino students instruments, music materials, individual lessons, small group and orchestra, and mariachi ensemble lessons every week.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Keep up the fantastic work, kids!
The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Each year, high school musicians from across North America travel to New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at the “House of Swing,” Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Held each May, the Competition & Festival is the culmination of the yearlong Essentially Ellington program, during which participating bands are invited to submit a recording and 15 finalists are selected through a rigorous screening process.
From the 2016 event…