Music participation and academics–more research

Students who participate in music in elementary through high school do better academically than those who don’t, a new, large-scale study finds, as reported in Psychology Today.

Students who learned to play a musical instrument in elementary and continued playing in high school not only score significantly higher but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers with regard to their English, mathematics and science skills

This recent study adds to a significant body of research showing that students benefit academically from their music studies, such as we have at Tempe Preparatory Academy. I ran a series of blog articles about the benefits of music instruction for students. Music also is a therapeutic prescription.

At TPA, we want the best for your student. Music instruction is part of that aim!

Thanks to Mrs. Wilkison for alerting me to this research.

Additional Concert for Review

Mrs. Marlynn Rey, who formerly directed vocal groups at TPA, sent me this announcement, a chance to hear Handel’s beautiful masterpiece sung by a stunning choir. This concert qualifies for review.

Arizona’s Cantilena Chorale performs Handel’s Messiah on December 6, 7, and 8.

  • December 6, 7:30pm, Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, AZ
  • December 7, 4:00pm, Church of the Master, Mesa, AZ
  • December 8, 5:00pm, St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix, AZ

Tickets are available now here.

More Mozart for review!

I received the following message from Mrs. Wilkison. You can hear her perform these two classic works. Contact her for more information.

  • Mozart: Coronation Mass
  • Mozart: Requiem

“I believe it’s free but involves tickets anyway. I’m trying to find out how tickets work. My husband and I will be playing in the orchestra with the Grand Canyon University choir.”

This concert is acceptable for review.

  • Thursday 10/24 at 7:00 at First Southern Baptist Church at Grand Canyon University
  • Sunday 10/27 at 2:00 at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church 6300 E. Bell Road

Cantilena’s Messiah

You can hear Handel’s Messiah on

  • Fri Dec 6 – Dayspring United Methodist, Tempe – 7:30 pm concert
  • Sat Dec 7 – Church of the Master, Mesa – 4:00 pm concert

The performers are Cantilena. Find out more about this fine group here. Former director of Cantamus and Bel Canto, Marlynn Rey, sings with this chorale.

If you’d like to hear Messiah performed by a really fine choir, mark your calendar. Note: you’ll need to make prior arrangements with me to review one of these performances since they fall after the due date for the concert reviews. With prior arrangements there will be no late penalty.

Combined concert repertoire posted

The three pieces performed by the combined 10th and 11th grade choirs are posted. They are:

  • “Lacrimosa” for combined 10th and 11th grade choirs
  • “Johnny Said No” for combined 10th and 11th grade girls
  • “Erlkönig” for combined 10th and 11th grade boys

Recordings of the the three pieces are found on the “Music Class Downloads” page.

In addition to these three pieces, the combined choirs are scheduled to perform “Non Nobis” and “Guadeamus igitur.”

Concerts acceptable for review posted

The list of concerts that qualify for review is posted as part of the concert review agreement (on Jupiter) and here on my blog.

Both reviews are due December 6, 3pm and can be submitted any time before that for full credit. Reviews count in the second quarter and semester grade for the class.

Special note: I included The Light in the Piazza, produced at ASU. For a synopsis of the opera, please see here .

Happy listening!

Welcome and some concerts for review

Welcome to a new school year at TPA! Now that we’re in the rhythm of class meetings, homework assignments, quizzes and tests, I’m certainly enjoying working with my Juniors in music class.

Already Ms. Catherine Hayden, President of Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, has contacted me with information about their wonderful series. When we hear one of these concerts in the museum at the Tempe Center for the Arts, we sit just a few feet from these amazing, world-class performers.

A reception follows each concert where everyone can meet the artists. Students pay $10 and an accompanying adult ticket price is $22.50 (normally $30) using the code “charterschool”.

Every concert in the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series is approved for concert review for TPA music classes.

Music is now a therapeutic Rx

My colleague, Mrs. Wilkison, found this article. Music is good for the mind and the body, including treatment for heart ailments, brain dysfunction, learning disabilities, depression, PTSD, and Alzheimers. Doctors are prescribing it!

Supporting research included studies at the Cardiovascular Society of Great Britain, McGill University, the Namm Foundation, UCLA, Journal Psychology of Music, and others. For more detail, please see the article.