Incoming 6th Grade Band Information
Welcome to the BMS Band 6th grade band information page. I have put this page together in hopes of showing incoming parents and students what our band program is all about. In this section you will find links to frequently asked questions, the sign-up letter, and other information related to band.
Below is the 6th grade parent letter for incoming 6th grade parents and students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if my child is not sure if they want to do band?
Remember when your children would not eat the food you made for them? You always said, “Try it before you decide you do not like it.” Band is the same way. You should sign up for band even if you are unsure. If at some point you decide that band is not for you, drop the class. It is much easier to drop something after trying it, than to join late when you decide you miss it.
Can I participate in band and sports?
At the middle school, you can! There might be occasional conflicts, but know that our faculty works hard to resolve as many conflicts as possible before they occur and to work collaboratively to solve them when they arise.
What are the costs?
The band fee for the 2019-2020 school year will be $40. This fee covers the music the students play, minor instrument repair tools, classroom music software subscription, supplies, some larger instruments, the Brighton-Fest T-shirt, etc. We fundraise frequently in order to keep the band fees low.
How do I procure an instrument?
We wish funds were available for us to provide every child with an instrument, however, this is simply not possible. We are able to provide many of the larger and more expensive instruments. We encourage students to either rent or purchase their own instrument. We will not let instrument availability or financial constraints keep your child from participating. We try our best to ensure that every student who wishes to participate can be in band.
Do I need to purchase or rent an instrument now?
Currently, there is no need to purchase an instrument. We are all unique in our own way; some of us are better built for certain instruments. We test all of the band students over the first few weeks of school in order to find an instrument that best suits them. We also try to balance their testing results with an instrument that they would like to play. Please wait until after instrument testing to purchase an instrument.
Do I have to know anything about music to join band?
No. Everything you need to know to play an instrument will be taught in your band class.
What if I have other questions?
Please know that we are here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Due to the busy nature of our program, it is difficult to contact us by phone. The best way for you to reach us is electronically at email@example.com. You can also call us at 901-840-9467; if we are unavailable, we will call you when we are available.
Development as a musician takes time, practice, and patience. We are always pushing towards the next step, whether that is preparing you for the next grade, high school, or college. We invite you to come to our concerts to witness this progression.
Music for All Statistics:
Three quarters of Fortune 1000 executives were involved in some type of music program while in school.
-Music for All
Students involved in music on average score 102 points higher on the SAT than students who are not involved in music.
-Music for All
Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse).
Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998
In an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students, researchers 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.” This observation holds true regardless of students’ socio-economic status, and differences in those who are involved with instrumental music vs. those who are not is more significant over time.
Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theater Arts.” Los Angeles, CA: The Imagination Project at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 1999.
Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.
College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.
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 1998.
Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.
Bands Across the USA.
Music students out-perform non-music students 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.
Researchers at the University of California and the Niigata Brain Research Institute in Japan have found an area of the brain that is activated only when reading musical scores.
“Musical Brain – Special Brain Area Found for Reading Music Scores,” NeuroReport, 1998.
In academic situations, students in music programs are less likely to draw unfounded conclusions.
Champions of Change, Federal study, 1999.
According to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. A higher percentage of music participants received As, As/Bs, and Bs than non-music participants.
NELS:88 First Follow-up, 1990, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington D.C.
Lewis Thomas, physician and biologist, found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%.
“The Case for Music in the Schools,” Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994.
Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills.
Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, “Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children’s spatial-temporal reasoning,” Neurological Research, vol. 19, February 1997
Famous Individuals Who Were in Band
Alanis Morrisette (singer)
Halle Berry (actress)
Celine Dion (singer)
Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”)
Alyssa Milano (actress)
Noah Webster (Webster’s Dictionary)
Gwen Stefani (singer)
Jennifer Garner (actress)
Rainn Wilson (actor)
Julia Roberts (actress)
Woody Allen (actor/director)
Gloria Estefan (singer)
Tony Shaloub (actor)
Eva Longoria (actor)
Jimmy Kimmel (comedian/talk show host)
Allan Greenspan (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve)
Steven Spielberg (movie director)
Zakk Wylde (Guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne)
Jennifer Garner (actress)
Bill Clinton (former U.S. President)
Trent Reznor (lead singer for Nine Inch Nails)
Roy Williams (NFL Dallas Cowboys)
Vince Carter (NBA Star)
David Robinson (Retired NBA Star)
Tedi Bruschi (NFL New England Patriots)
Bob Hope (late comedian/actor)
Lionel Richie (singer, father of Nicole Richie)
Tom Selleck (actor)
James Woods (actor)
John Glenn (Astronaut and U.S. Senator)
Michael Anthony (Bass player for Van Halen)
Drew Carey (actor/comedian)
Stephen Tyler (lead singer for Aerosmith)
Prince Charles (future King of England)
Montel Williams (talk show host)
Richard Gere (actor)
Shania Twain (singer)
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Jackie Gleason (actor)
Samuel L. Jackson (actor)
Ewan McGregor (actor)
Vanessa Williams (Singer/Actress)
Otto Graham (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback)
Bill Engvall (comedian/actor)
Nelly Furtado (singer)
Tony Stewart (NASCAR Driver)
Neil Armstrong (Astronaut – first man on the moon)
Vince Carter (NBA)
Steve Carrell (actor)
Andy Griffith (actor)
Harry Smith (CBS’s “The Early Show”)
Dan Aykroyd (actor)
Aretha Franklin (singer)
Mike Anderson (NFL)
Eddie George (retired NFL)
Trent Raznor (Nine Inch Nails)
Dana Carvey (actor/comedian)
Vinnie Paul (Pantera)
Walter Payton (NFL Hall of Fame running back)
Johnny Carson (TV Host)
Mike Piazza (former MLB catcher)