The Hutchinson Middle School Music Department is dedicated to educating students in life skills and strategies through the performance of music. We strive to create a positive learning environment that encourages students to be responsible to themselves and the society of which they are a part. Students are made aware of their expectations and goals as a collective group and an individual. Through the careful study and performance of music, students are taught to make creative choices and express themselves in a safe and constructive environment, which will prepare them for life in this constantly changing global economy.
Music is an important part of a well-rounded education. It is the most unique of academic subjects because it integrates so many traits that can enhance a student’s performance in school. Many educational and social qualities are built into the study of music. In addition, the study of music improves a student’s ability to organize, refine, and creatively express feelings and thoughts the way no other subject can. It develops a student’s ability to think subjectively by continually striving to improve one’s music-making abilities. This will lead to a greater musical experience both as a performer and a listener. These improved senses are crucial to human development.
Through the making of music, all participants in the Hutchinson band program will work towards the following musical and non-musical goals.
1. Development of an understanding of our musical heritage.
2. Development of the individual’s self-confidence through working as a team member.
3. Attainment of self-discipline through the development of group pride.
4. Respect for the feelings of fellow musicians.
5. Love and respect for the process of making music together.