Thursday, August 25, 2016
"The Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center, which includes kindergarten through 12th grade, is the only city campus that makes music a core part of its curriculum. And its teachers credit the melody-making for their students’ chart-topping test scores."
"Of the 32 schools in its Upper West Side district, SMS’s fourth- and seventh-graders posted the highest proficiency rates on recent state math exams and were second in English."
"The impressive numbers come a year after the school earned top ranking in the entire city in both categories, according to SMS officials."
“Music is discipline,” said SMS senior Johanna Nelson, a pianist. “It teaches you how to focus, how to work with others. It’s a basis for learning that can be applied to everything.”
"With many city public school kids getting little to no formal musical instruction, SMS boosters say administrators should take a look at their success story — and stop viewing the subject as an extracurricular afterthought."
When I was in high school, I was in the Louisville-Jefferson County Youth Orchestra. At our graduation banquet, the director asked the seniors who were in the National Honor Society to raise their hands. Every senior raised their hand.