Students Shine at Musical Performances
Music in Our Schools Month shines a spotlight on the importance of music education. Strand events, that includes middle and high school students, at Kent School District high schools throughout the month encourage music educators to showcase their students’ talents and highlight the benefits of music programs in our schools.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to call attention to accomplishments, what’s been going on in the schools over the course of the year, and to just be excited and actively participating in what’s happening,” Kentridge High School Band Director Brian Akesson said. “It calls attention to the need to consistently deliver music education so that it can survive within our culture.”
This year’s theme, “All Music, All People,” recognizes the role of equity in music education. A new program in our schools, Music4Life, is providing students with musical instruments at no charge to families. Since the campaign began in January, we have received twenty instruments for our beginning band and orchestra programs.
“Partnering with our community to bring the Music4Life program to KSD will open doors for many of our students,” Superintendent Calvin Watts said.
Several of our schools are also participating in the Seattle Symphony’s Link Up program. During the program, students in grades three through five learn about the orchestra, famous composers, and their works, while preparing for a final performance at Benaroya Hall.
Throughout March, our middle and high school bands, orchestras, and choirs will showcase and share their talents at strand concerts. These ensembles will also attend the Green River Music Educators Association Festivals, where they perform, receive ratings and comments from adjudicators, and some guided instruction from some of our regions outstanding musician-educators.
"Music is life-enriching,” Fine Arts, World Languages, Health/ Fitness Coordinator Christopher White said. “Arts in general are core subjects. They enhance the way we experience our world and teach us empathy.”