Band: no longer extra-curricular

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 09:59 AM.

BONIFAY – Holmes County High School’s Blue Pride Band Director Zach Dobos and Holmes County Band Booster President Ben Martin were at a recent Bonifay Kiwanis Meeting where they explained that “music should no longer be labeled as an extra-curricular activity in education today.”

“The U.S. Department of Education is in full agreement on the need for access to quality music and arts instruction in schools,” said Martin. “No Child Left Behind legislation defines the arts as a core academic subject. It is our job, in our community, to uphold the intent of that law, to create access to a quality education that includes music and arts instruction and to work so all children have the opportunity to learn and grow with music and the arts.”

He went on to show the link between music and the impact music makes on enhancing children’s learning capabilities.

Music is a basic building block of intelligence and playing music helps critical neural connections, Martin explained, with music promoting math and language skills showing evidence of raising IQ scores.

“Studies show that students involved in music generally tested higher than those who had no musical involvement,” he said. “The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as the FCAT, but also reading proficiency exams.”

Martin went on to explain about the Blue Pride Band Director Zachary Dobos and about the Band Boosters.

“All bands of both Holmes County High School and Bonifay Middle School are under the direction of one man, Holmes County District School Board teacher Zachary Dobos,” said Martin.

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