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Music Education is important

Schools with music programs have higher graduation rates that those without programs. (90.2% as compared to 72.9%) (source: info@menc2.org)

• Students score higher on standardized tests especially in English and Math than students with no music at all.  (Source: MENC Journal, winter 2006, vol.54, No. 4)

• Students of music outperform their no-arts peers on the SAT according to the College Entrance Exam Board.  (Source: www.collegeboard.com)

• Some Measures of a child's intelligence are increased with music instruction.  (Source: www.psychologicalscience.org)

Hands on Percussion

ORFF

Orff philosophy encourages children to experience music on many levels. This includes speech/chants, movement, singing, drama and playing pitched instruments. We begin recorder instruction in first grade and supplement with a mixed set of soprano, alto, and bass xylophones, mettallophones, glockenspiels. Before the students use mallets, we practice helpful exercises using body percussion.

BOOMWACKER percussion tubes are being used as a part of the school curriculum. We were looking for an attractive, hands on device that would be fun for students and provide a variety of sounds. We use them with recorders and hand bells. The tubes make it easy to facilitate a creative, non-competitive atmosphere that fosters learning.

Art Education 

The mission of the Plato Academy Art department is to provide quality arts education for all students by adhering to a Discipline-Based Arts Education program.

This program presents a sound art curriculum including the following components: art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics. This ensures that all students receive a rigorous study of the arts and also involves the integration of the arts into any curriculum including math and social studies.

Students also participate in an annual student art exhibit in which they have the opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity to family and friends.