Benefits abound from music education
Arkadelphia Bands

The Goza Band is having a fantastic year and the directors want to thank you and your child for being a part of it! From the Back to School Swim Party to the Altitude Trampoline Park Field Trip to the amazing concerts performed this year, the students and staff are having a fun and rewarding year of music education.

As the year comes to an end, you and your child will begin to plan for classes for the upcoming year. We would like to highlight a few of the benefits your child is currently receiving as a member of the band program in Arkadelphia.

"Children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training. Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visuospatial processing, mathematics, and IQ."

— Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, 2006

"Music enhances the process of learning. The systems it nourishes, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning."

— From Empathy, Arts and Social Studies, 2000; Konrad, R.R.

"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 ability for self-knowledge and expression."

— From A User's Guide to the Brain, May 31, 2003; Ratey, John J., MD

These studies and numerous more have proven that band students excel in all areas above those who do not participate in music education. We hope your child continues to reap these benefits and has fun doing it! We look forward to your child continuing their music education experience in the Arkadelphia Band program. Please don't hesitate to call (870-246-4291) or email if you have any questions about the upcoming year.

Whitney Smith - whitney.smith@arkadelphiaschools.org

Aaron Seel - aaron.seel@arkadelphiaschools.org

Jim Lloyd - jim.lloyd@arkadelphiaschools.org