The success of our program largely depends on the dedicated parents who make everything happen! Not only is the SHS Music Program a great way for students to get involved in the SHS Community, but it is also an excellent opportunity for parents to become involved as well. We are always looking for volunteers to serve food, chaperone events, help with uniforms, drive our vehicles, and most importantly...to cheer on your amazing students!
How can I get involved?
The most important thing parents can do to fully support students is providing the ingredients for success in all academic endeavors. In music, some of these are: private lessons, good instruments, praise and encouragement, patient ears, and most importantly, attend all events and performances. The music program relies heavily on parent volunteers for many things. Becoming a member of the music boosters and volunteering when available is greatly appreciated. In general, music students are fun and inspirational group of young people, fun to be around. Our volunteer parents have a wonderful time volunteering with our students, and many become great friends!
Honors Credit for Band/Orchestra
Most Band/Orchestra students elect to position themselves in Level 2 during their 9th grade year, then add another elective 10th grade year and beyond, so sequentially they will be earning Honors credit by their Junior year.
- 9th Grade: Band/Orchestra II (highest level U.C. System will credit 1st year HS)
- 10th Grade: Band/Orchestra III
- 11th Grade: Band/Orchestra IV Honors
- 12th Grade: Band/Orchestra V Honors
A note about the engineering electives
These are independent of each other and open to any grade level:
- Intro to Engineering: This is open to any grade level, there are mixed grades
- Applied Engineering: 10th-12th graders can sign up for this without having taken Intro to Engineering, as they are not sequential.
- Other Electives: All are open to 10th -12th graders
Why study music?
Check out the links below!
- Report: Humanities, social science education needed for innovation along with STEM (Washington Post)
- Young Scientists Must Study the Arts (Cornell University)
- Is Music the Key to Success? (New York Times)
- Response to J. Terry Gates' Why Study Music? - Samuel Hope, director of the National Association of Schools of Music (PDF)
- The Boston Conservatory Welcome Address (2004) - Dr. Karl Paulnack
- NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
- Children's Music Workshop
- School Music Matters
- Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind (Scientific American)
- Technology is amazing, but 'music's a human thing' (The Guardian)
- Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts? (NPR)