Home of the LCHS Instrumental Music Program

...and the Music Parents Association

Join the Mailing List

We send weekly (or more) newsletters via Constant Contact to keep you in the know about what’s going on in our program from rehearsal times to fundraising, competitions to travel.

Join the Facebook Group

Our Facebook group is for parents and students alike. Get reminders about all things Music, including last minute updates. Ask questions, get answers. The group is private, monitored, and joining requires approval for the students’ protection.

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Mr. Stone's Thought of the Week...

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer! End of school, start of summer is a great time. I hope we all get a chance to enjoy the summer, and relax, and not have to look a computer all day long. I’m looking forward to more time to actually talk to my kids and play games, instead of the small moments I get between emails and texts. I am sure some of that will still go on, but summer is always the best!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the awards ceremonies on Tuesday night! It’ll be a great way to celebrate the end of a great, but unusual, year. See you all there!

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Communications During Outbreak

3/13/2020

As we have witnessed, the effects of the Covid-19 virus on our community has things changing by the minute. By increments, this has had an impact on our program in major ways and you need information. This note is a reminder that we have several options for you.

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter which is sent via Constant Contact emails. Sandy Miller sends these out weekly on Sunday evenings, and on an as needed basis.
  2. This website has a Latest News blog. I handle posts there.
  3. The Facebook Group. Sandy Miller and I are moderators there, and you can find reminders as well as notes from parents and students. Note: to join that group, you must answer screening questions to be accepted, as our students (who are minors) are welcomed there.

Our faculty, staff, and MPA Board volunteers are doing our best to give you accurate information as we obtain and verify, as it pertains to our program.

Michele Wilcox
MPA VP of Communications
lchs.mpa.communications@gmail.com

Why Participate in the Instrumental Music Program?

Graduation Rates

  • With a Music Program 90.2% 90.2%
  • Without a Music Program 72.9% 72.9%
  • With Music Program Rated “Excellent or Very Good” 90.7% 90.7%

SAT Scores

On the 2012 SAT, students who participated in music scored ABOVE average.

Reading Above Average

Math Above Average

Writing Above Average

Benefits of Music

Recent Studies Suggest:

  • Musically trained children (and adults) show enhanced problem solving, behavior regulation, and social skills
  • Music improves cognitive abilities in students more than twice as much as sports, theater, or dance
  • Musically trained children show enhanced verbal fluency and information processing speed
  • Adults who received music instruction as children have more robust brainstem responses to sound than those who did not, suggesting that music education benefits carry over to adulthood
  • Musicians’ brains tend to have a larger corpus callosum, which plays an important role in the communication between the left and right sides of the brain
  • Musical training can increase the blood flow in the left hemisphere of the brain, which suggests that the areas responsible for music and language share common brain pathways. Just one half hour of musical training achieved this effect.

Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.

~Aristotle

Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.

~Yo-Yo Ma

Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.

~Plato