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Mission Statement

Center Middle School Music Program will provide all students with a comprehensive,
standards-based music education.

Our mission is to develop students into lifelong music
participants who can intelligently engage in a wide variety of music.

We encourage knowledge
and appreciation of music, which engages the minds and enriches the lives of all students.

study of music fosters artistic development, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the
pursuit of life-long learning. Through performing and responding to music, all students develop
individual skills, realize a sense of belonging, and establish connections to the community.

Donations and Fundraisers

On behalf of Center Middle School’s Music Program, I would like to thank you for your support
of your child and our school. We rely on the support of our fundraisers and generous donors.
We appreciate your efforts and support to help give our students the best possible musical
experience and education.
The money raised from fundraisers and donations will help support the music program’s costs
not covered by the school budget. These include activities, improvements, instrument repairs,
instrument purchases, music repertoire and other fees associated with a successful music
We also need volunteers to help with events throughout the year. Please inform the music
director if you are available to volunteer your time or if you wish to give a monetary donation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Music Director.
Thank you again for your continued support!

Music Program

Support the music program by purchasing a discount card from any music student or Mrs. Marchena. All money will go towards funding new music, new instruments, repairs, and music activities. Thank you for your support!
Statements that support the importance of music Education in schools

In a 2000 survey, 73 % of respondents agree that teens who play an
instrument are less likely to have discipline problem. - Americans Love
Making Music- And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever,
American Music Conference,2000.

Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more
precise corrections in many academic and physical situations. Rhythm seen
as key to music's evolutionary role in human intellectual development,
Center for Timing, Coordination and Motor Skills, 2000.

A ten- year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher
test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background. Dr. James Catterall,

Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence and
coordinate actions in their daily lives. "Cassily Column," TCAMS
Professional Resource Center, 2000.


In a Columbia University study, students in the arts were found to be more
cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to
express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels. The
Arts Education Partnership, 1999.

The College Board, in a publication about college admissions states,
"preparation in the arts will be valuable to college entrants whatever their
intended field of study." Academic Preparation for College: What Students
Need to Know and Be able to Do, The College Board.

Course Description

Music Director:

Viridiana Marchena


Center Middle School Music Program offers five courses for any student that is interested in joining.

For experienced musicians, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band are a great choice to
continue their musical education.

For intermediate musicians, we offer Concert Band to help
build upon their musical knowledge.

For beginning musicians, we have the Beginning Band
where they will receive the skills and knowledge to build their musical foundation.

For those
students who desire to sing, we also have the Choir and Handbells course where students learn to
sing various styles and learn to create music using Handbells.