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Statistics prove that music training gives people the edge they need to succeed in life. It’s also been proven that musicians score higher on tests. Music eases stress, teaches beauty in the world and is a way of sharing your love of life with others. It is the only universally understood language!


Music is considered an academic elective (equal in weight to other academic classes) in which a grade is earned. Concepts in English, math, science, foreign languages, history, etc., are utilized during the course. Hence, we consider music to be your most important academic class. We learn “across the curriculum.” Music is the only subject in school that utilizes so many different learning styles. As a matter of course we differentiate. When one plays music, one learns many different academic disciplines incorporating all senses (except for smell!).


The 4 R’s

Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Reliability. Respect your teachers, classmates, the Music Room and its contents. Be responsible for yourself and others. If you’re not sure how to do something, be resourceful, ask a teacher or classmate for assistance. Your fellow musicians rely on you...without you and your instrument, we cannot all play together.


Essential Goals and Expectations


  • Develop good work habits

  • Instill listening skills

  • Experience a wide variety of music literature, learning sound before symbol

  • Develop sight-reading, a most important musical skill

  • Enjoy familiar music and learn to introduce unfamiliar music to your repertoire

  • Be able to play in a variety of tonalities (major & minor), and time signatures 

  • Follow the principles of the ensemble method book (Standard of Excellence or String Basics)

  • Learn the importance of tuning and caring for your instrument (whether you own, rent or borrow)

  • Be prepared: bring all materials to every class (sheet music, rosin, reeds, mutes, etc.)

Behavior Guidelines


Stanley Music students elect to attend classes in order to make music and progress on their instrument. Provided that students are respectful and attentive, the teacher will focus on making music with the students, not on discipline.


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