"The Music is BEAUTIFUL!"
"I love being a part of this!"
"Wow! This is so cool!"
"Playing an instrument makes me have a lot of responsibility."
"My daughter is really thriving in this program and really enjoys her teachers."
"This is a fantastic program that has exceeded my expectations. Our child now loves music and has had lots of fun this year. The quality of instruction and overall attitude of everyone involved is wonderful."
Mark Cellar, Band Director, Castle View Hight School - When I started playing an instrument in elementary band, I had no idea how richly rewarding the experience would be. Playing in band has allowed me to travel to 7 countries and 20 states. The friends that I met in middle school band have remained my closest friends to this day. And, most importantly, I have the skills to express myself when words are inadequate. There is simply no better means by which we can express ourselves than by making music. I encourage all students to learn to play an instrument!
Jay McGuffin, Orchestra Director, Castle View High School & Castle Rock Middle School - "We are fortunate to have one of the best Instrumental Music programs in the district from Elementary through High School. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to start something fun that can be a part of you the rest of your life. So often I hear adults say they regret not starting an instrument. Live your life without regrets! Be a part of something awesome! Develop incredible relationships with your peers and make your mind grow! Join Orchestra and Band!"
Brenda Romanello, Band Director, Castle Rock Middle School - "In the past, scientists speculated that those of higher socioeconomic status such as doctors and lawyers were musicians in their spare time so that they could have a creative outlet. Now scientists have learned that being a musician makes people smarter, especially instrumentalists. Studies completed at the University of Zurich found that learning to play an instrument can increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults (Alleyne, 2009). Make the potential a reality for you and your children, learn to play an instrument!"
"I fully support these music programs, and I understand the importance of making these opportunities available for all kids. All kids have talents and treasures waiting to be developed, and it is great that these programs will allow kids the opportunity to explore their interests, hopes and dreams."
"Music is a wonderful way for students to be expressive, creative, and have fun."
"It is our responsibility to educate the "whole" child. Musicality is an important component of intelligence and learning. Without music, where would be be? I strongly support band and orchestra as an enrichment opportunity for our students. Music is a universal language...a language we are proud to offer students in Douglas County."