Middle School

2200 Quince Street NE
Olympia, WA 98506
360.596.3401 Fax

Why what you do in Band is important
& Information for Parents

Why Music Education Actually Matters
Music is the key to success from The New York Times
Using Music to Close the Academic Gap from The Atlantic Monthly
Two years of music study improves reading & speech from Education News
This is your brain. This is your brain on music. from National Public Radio
Music Education and closing the achievement gap from Huffington Post
Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results from The Wall Street Journal
Benefits of Music, PE, & Arts programs in schools from US News & World Report
Evidence that learning an instrument improves test scores
Music and the link to higher test scores
Music and it's impact on student development
Why playing an instrument for scientists from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine
Everything I need to know I learned in Music from
Young scientists must be taught music and the arts from the president of Cornell University
Benefits of Arts Education MANY links from the League of American Orchestras
The Importance of Music Education in Schools (CNN article)
Moving to the rhythm can help language skills (BBC News article)
The arts (including music) are a core subject in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB)
This letter is from the US Secretary of Education who created NCLB

How playing an instrument benefits your brain from (YouTube video)
Music Education and the Brain from Dr. Anita Collins (Vimeo video)
Jack Stamp - Why Music Matters (YouTube video)
Jason Mraz on Music Education (YouTube video)


Parent - Teacher - Student
This relationship is like a 3-legged stool, if one leg is short, it will tumble.

Parents often ask me what they can do to ensure success for their student in band and the short answer is that students must understand the 3 D's: Desire, Discipline, & Dedication.  We don't only teach music in band but life skills such as: work ethic, teamwork, perseverance, goal-setting, & excellence.

Students need to believe they can do this and with a positive attitude and support towards their goals from parents & teachers, they can achieve them.  Without the 3 D's though, it will just take much more time.  :(

"Grit Spoken Here"

The current "buzzword" among principals and administrators lately is "grit". Grit can be defined in many ways, one of which is passion and perseverance for very long term goals.  Here is an excellent "TED talk" video on this subject:
Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit.

I cannot think of a better subject that teaches "grit" than band.

On Practicing:

Daily practice is a necessary part of learning an instrument & music.  Parents can be helpful by providing a quiet space in the house that is distraction free.  Students need to be encouraged to perform and while they need to be on task actively working toward their individual music goal, they also need to spend some time having fun.  It's called "playing" an instrument for a reason.

Here's a great article for parents from
A Few Truths Parents Must Understand When Their Child Begins Playing a Musical Instrument

How do you encourage a child to practice a musical instrument?
Article from The Chicago Tribune

Come Join Us!  The Need For Chaperones:

We always need parents to join us on trips as chaperones and the trips are always fun for all involved.  Based on district policy, all parent chaperones are required to fill out this quick volunteer form online at our district website.  It only takes a few minutes and they will encourage you to work at other locations.  If you only want to work with the Reeves band, be sure to indicate that.  Thank you so much!

Olympia School District Volunteer Application


Thank you so much for supporting your child in band!  :)

-Mr. Grostick