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WMS Performs Brilliantly at a “Night of Jazz” in Wakefield

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Toes were tapping, fingers were snapping, and families were clapping last night at the “Night of Jazz” concert at Curtis Corner Middle School.  Kids from 4 local schools – Davisville Middle, Wickford Middle, Cole Middle, and host Curtis Corner Middle – performed a wide array of jazz classics much to the delight of the packed auditiorium.

Let’s give the “Night of Jazz” performers and instructors a lot of credit for their dedication to music.

Playing jazz classics from such legendary arrangers as Coltrane, Conti, and Richard Rodgers, these middle school musicians were precise, proud, and highly entertaining.  The host school did a fantastic job of making parents and kids feel welcome.  This was an evening the musicians and their families will remember for quite a while.  And, somewhere, Miles Davis and John Coltrane were tappin’ their toes, snappin’ their fingers, and clappin’ for the next generation of jazz musicians, who performed brilliantly.

 

When presented with the many and manifest benefits of music education, officials at all levels should universally support a full, balanced, sequential course of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. And every student will have an education in the arts. Perhaps the basic reason that every child must have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society. The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life &emdash; indeed, every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals. The importance of music to our economy is without doubt. And the value of music in shaping individual abilities and character are attested in a number of places. Success in society, of course, is predicated on success in school. Any music teacher or parent of a music student can call to mind anecdotes about effectiveness of music study in helping children become better students. Skills learned through the discipline of music, these stories commonly point out, transfer to study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills useful in every part of the curriculum. Success in school and in society depends on an array of abilities. Without joining the intense ongoing debate about the nature of intelligence as a basic ability, we can demonstrate that some measures of a child’s intelligence are indeed increased with music instruction. Once again, this burgeoning range of data supports a long-established base of anecdotal knowledge to the effect that music education makes kids smarter. What is new and especially compelling, however, is a combination of tightly-controlled behavioral studies and groundbreaking neurological research that show how music study can actively contribute to brain development.

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