Why Take Band?

First of all, it’s fun! Developing an outlet for creativity helps to provide personal satisfaction and achievement. Well-organized band programs, such as the J.W. Mitchell High School Band program, help to provide unique opportunities for members to experience a sense of team which builds strong camaraderie from the classroom, to marching on the football field, to playing in the stands, to competitions and performances.
Additionally, studies show that there are a number of benefits to the human brain in terms of cognitive development. And personal and academic success factors can be attributed to students taking music education and band as well. Students involved in music throughout high school have average Grade Point Averages (GPAs) exceeding 3.0 as compared to students with no music classes averaging GPAs below 2.6. (Florida Music Educators’ Association: FMEA
Students in high-quality school music education programs like J.W. Mitchell High School’s Band program score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs. High school music students average 8.5% higher on the SAT math test than students not involved in music programs and 10.4% higher on SAT verbal section than students without high school music credits. (Florida Music Educators’ Association: FMEA)
The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling – training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression (“A User’s Guide to the Brain” by Ratey, John J., MD)
Learning and performing music actually exercise the brain – not merely by developing specific music skills, but also by strengthening the synapses between brain cell. What is important is not how well a student plays but rather the simultaneous engagement of senses, muscles, and intellect. Brain scans taken during musical performances show that virtually the entire cerebral cortex is active while musicians are playing. Can you think of better exercise for the mind/brain? In short, making music actively engages the brain synapses, and there is good reason to believe that it increases the brain’s capacity by increasing the strengths of connections among neurons. (“The Music in Our Minds,” Educational Leadership, Vol. 56, #3; Norman M. Weinberger)