Dear Pathfinder Band Parents,
Our music program continues to move forward at a fast pace. We are enjoying the unlimited possibilities of music learning and music making, otherwise known as - ART.
Beware of the shallow contention, "But I have taken music classes and I just don't have the time to continue with music when there is so much to do." Initially this statement seems to have some merit, but when parents clearly understand that music stimulates the creative mind and unleashes multidimensional thinking that reinforces the highest level of intellect, memory and sensory awareness, the argument is short-lived. The question to ask your child is, "Do you want to master the disciplines required to achieve your life-goals?" The obvious "yes" answer supports a continuation of music study.
Over the years, music educators have carefully tracked the SAT test scores of students involved in music classes compared to those who were not. The statistics highlight a dramatic variance that cannot be ignored:
"Students with coursework/experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 37 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. And a difference in scores increased with the number of years involved. Those who studied music four or more years scored a combined 101 points higher on the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts." Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board (1997)
The benefits of music study extend far beyond the performance. Please join with me to guarantee a promising future for your student and all the young musicians in our program by encouraging them to continue their study of music.
Pathfinder 7th and 8th Grade Bands Events Schedule 2016-2017
Tuesday, September 27. Optional - Deadline for All-State Orchestra Applications and Fee
Fri. & Sat. Oct. 29 & 30. All State Orchestra Auditions. (Walled Lake Northern High School)
Monday, November 1. Poinsettia Sale Kickoff
Friday, November 18. Poinsettia Sale Orders Due
Wednesday, November 30, 4 - 8 p.m. Poinsettia Pick-up and Delivery, Pathfinder/Navigator Connector
Saturday, December 3. (Optional) District Solo & Ensemble Festival
Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m., Mid-Winter Concert, 7th & 8th Grade Band & Orchestra,
Saturday, February 25, TBA. Spaghetti Dinner, Pinckney Community High School Commons
Thursday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. 11th Annual Side by Side Concert, Pathfinder/Navigator Connector & Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7 p.m. Spring Concert, Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater
Monday, May 29, 2017, 1 p.m. 7th & 8th Grade Bands march in the Pinckney Memorial
Day Parade, start point, old St. Mary's School.
Saturday, June 3, TBA. 7th & 8th Grade Bands Performance at Art in the Park, Gazebo Park Downtown Pinckney