CMA! I am so thankful for the CMA and how they support music education in our schools. What a great privilege to be honored by them for doing what I love, day to day. This is a photo from last year's Music Teacher of Excellence Award with Dr. Nola Jones and some of my amazing colleagues.
Study: Music Education Now Reaches 48,700 Metro Students
Music Makes Us has grown in numbers and benefits since beginning in 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2015) – In a study released today, Metro Schools’ collaborative Music Makes Us initiative is credited with increasing musical participation among Nashville students, as well as supplying them with the soft skills and character traits that will set them up for success in academics and life. The study shows growth in music programs at every level, particularly in the important middle school years, and 100 percent music participation at the elementary level.
“At a time when some cities are cutting arts programs, Nashville is doubling down,” said Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson. “Music education is bigger than it’s ever been in Metro Schools, and that’s because the district, the city and dozens of community partners are making the investment. Together we are making Music City the number one place for music education.”
Titled Interlude, this is the second study of Music Makes Us in two years. It was paid for through the generous support of the CMA Foundation and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The first, called Prelude, found a positive correlation between music participation and student engagement and achievement. That data was used as a baseline for future evaluations of the program. This new study shows that more students are participating in school music programs, which means more students are benefiting from the positive effects demonstrated in Prelude.
“Nashville is Music City, and we know the value of music to our community because we experience it – we hear it – constantly,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “Music is the very bedrock of our city’s identity, the river of creative expression that runs through everything. And music education in our public schools is where it all starts. Music Makes Us connects the city and our music and business communities to our diverse population of students, providing a foundation for future success and opening doors to higher education, workforce development and a better life.”
Download both the Prelude and Interlude reports online.
Across all grades, 48,700 Metro students are taking part in music programs – 56 percent of the total student population. That represents growth of more than 3,600 students since 2012, when Music Makes Us began, which is more than twice the rate of enrollment growth in district-run schools.
Increased student participation has been supported by increased music program offerings. Since the inception of Music Makes Us, band has been restored to all 33 middle schools. Ten new middle school choral programs have been developed. Over 45 new classes in mariachi, world percussion, rock band, and country/bluegrass are available to middle and high school students in 18 schools.
The expansion of these programs has been funded by public and private investments. Metro Schools spent approximately $14 million on Music Makes Us during the 2014-15 school year. CMA Foundation, the largest single private contributor for music education in Nashville, gave $1 million in 2014-15. Other private donors contributed a combined $300,000.
In elementary schools, 100 percent of students – more than 32,000 of them – have access to music classes. Middle school participation is up nine percentage points since 2012, to 56 percent (11,200 students). High school participation is up two points to 26 percent (5,200 students).
I am so excited about the new year and I can't wait until the children arrive for their first day of school. My name is Kim Marie Folsom and I love teaching children about music and how it can change our lives, so we can change the world in a positive way.
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1. They taught you practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent. If you keep repeating the same passage incorrectly, then you’re ultimately learning it wrong.
2. They taught you hard work pays off when you practice.
3. They taught you that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life and there’s no need to say “sorry” after every wrong step/note.
4. They taught you that after you make a mistake, you keep going and no one will notice.
5. They push you past your limits to show how far you can go. “Reset! One more once!”
6. They are the perfect example of how to stay positive in stressful situations. They didn’t make a face after a wrong note but on the inside a little piece of their soul is dying… one flat note at a time.
7. They taught you rhythm. Now no one can make fun of you for having bad rhythm!
8. They taught you to be a member of a group/ensemble. Blend and balance can make or break an ensemble.
9. They taught you how to be a leader/soloist. If you can nod your head and breathe at the same time, you can cue more than one person.
10. They gave you confidence. Music is not for the faint of heart.
11. They encouraged the best out of you.
12. They do a lot for very little means. Most public school music teachers come in early before school starts to rehearse, fix instruments, etc. and stays after school (hours at a time) to give lessons and rehearse more. These extra hours are rarely accounted for in a teacher’s salary.
13. They taught you that silence is a beautiful thing. Rests are just as important as the notes.
14. They helped you understand fractions before you even learned what fractions are. Yes, a 16th is smaller than an 8th. Two quarter (notes) fit in half (note).
15. They taught you what self discipline is. If you know you’re playing the note wrong, then stop and fix it.
16. They taught you how to take responsibility for yourself. It’s important to bring your violin to your violin lesson or your trumpet to school when you know you have band class.
17. They taught you how to conquer your fears. Auditions are just as nerve racking as asking someone to the prom but if you give it your all then they can’t possibly say no!
18. They taught you a skill in which can stimulate the entire brain. “Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.” – Elena Mannes, The Power of Music
19. They taught you there’s always room for improvement. Constructive self-criticism is an important part of growing up.
20. And most importantly, they taught you how to not just listen to music, but experience it.
Check out this great list of 15 books about music from No Time for Flash Cards.
I have amazing students at Dan Mills and these amazing children have wonderful parents. Thank you so much for your gifts during this holiday season! I am very grateful!
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Welcome to Mrs. Folsom's music web site. Did you know that by being involved in music class, you can learn several things that can help you in real life? When you study music you learn math, language, history, reading skills and science. Music teaches teamwork, discipline, responsibility and helps build self esteem. I hope this site increases your knowledge in music, math, science, history and reading.