Parents often wonder how and if their children can be successful at both academics and Band, as Marching Band, Color Guard and Drum Line rehearsals demand such a huge time commitment. Our experience shows that it is definitely possible to do both successfully.
Numerous scientific studies suggest that actively learning to play or perform music – as opposed to just listening to music – has beneficial effects in developing memory and other traits that aid in academics. For more information on music and academics, we recommend reading 1. this PBS article on the Benefits of Music Education; 2. this article from Psychology Today on how music training helps memory.
One of the life lessons learned through music programs is time management. School books are brought on the bus ride to competitions. Studying can be done in-between semi-finals and final performances or during ‘downtime’.
Talk to ANHS junior and senior Band members. You’ll learn that they are taking AP classes and have their sights set on top colleges and universities. The key to success is striking a balance and learning how to organize their time. Our rehearsals are scheduled well ahead of time. There are no last minute surprises, so it’s very easy for the students to plan weeks and even months in advance. If a paper or assignment is due the day after a rehearsal, you’ll often find these students preparing one day earlier. If an exam is coming up, these students will take their study materials to a competition, so they can get in some study time on the drive to the competition and after the competition is over.
If you feel that your child’s grades are slipping due to Band or Color Guard’s commitments, please contact the Band Director. There are several juniors and seniors who are AP students. Ask for assistance and consultation before making any decisions.
Students will often list their achievements in the Music programs on their college and job applications, as well as on scholarship applications. And, yes, there are scholarships available for those interested in music! Some of our graduates have received scholarships from their respective universities. Some have continued their participation in the band programs at their university, and they have found the camaraderie and teamwork experience in college to be just as rewarding as it was in high school.
Finally, did you know that the ANHS Alumni Music Boosters present scholarships to Seniors? This has been a tradition for 12 years, and these scholarships are not limited to those going on in music. We are very proud of the achievements of the students who participate in the Band programs, both on and off the field.