Why Band?

Does your child love music and play an instrument or would like to learn? Are you concerned about their grades and academic course load? Believe it or not, these two things are connected! Music improves brain stimulation, supplies important life skills, and brings down stress levels. So if they aren’t involved in the performing arts, you might want to encourage them to take up music and enroll in band.

Music education is more than just learning beats, notes and songs. Instead, it completely transforms a mind and opens up endless possibilities to your learning potential.

A ten-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background. Music students out-perform non-music 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. Band helps students to learn time-management skills and responsibility skills.

College admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness. Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.

Music programs give students practice and experience in skills that reach far beyond musical notes and instruments. They get experience in so many non-musical life-skills that will have positive impacts as they become adults. A recent Harris Poll that found that 73% of CEOs from Fortune 1000 companies were involved in music programs in high school.

If you want to be in band at WHS, we can make your schedule fit. We have some of Woodstock BRIGHTEST and most well-rounded students in the program. Many of the students take honors and AP classes and do very well. Our calendar usually does not conflict with other extracurricular activities. If you want to be in band, we can almost always work it out.

Being involved in the Woodstock High School band program means being a part of a 150 member group that is constantly being musically challenged and offers up memories that will last a lifetime.