Abby Ballinger, Band & Orchestra Teacher, Sierra Middle School
"My philosophy is that music changes lives. It builds a positive self-esteem, a sense of community, teaches responsibility, gives a sense of belonging, and allows an outlet for "self-expression" and creativity."
Cynthia Berndt, Music Teacher, Stone Mountain Elementary
“Without music, life is boring!”
George Boser, Principal, Summit View Elementary
“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.”
Cathy Deneault, Music Teacher, Buffalo Ridge Elementary
"I've seen the kids who learn an instrument become more disciplined in their work habits, as well as having an opportunity to develop a more mature sense of responsibility. Of equal importance, in my mind, is that the kids get to experience a kind of aesthetic and emotional beauty that isn't offered in a classroom; that performing music is something that can make life feel special and exciting."
Felicia Elenum, Band/Orchestra/Choir Teacher, Ranch View Middle School
"Music is a lifelong skill. You do not need to be a professional to enjoy it. How many people do you know who still work, who still study, or even who still play their favorite sport when they're in their eighties? Now, how many people in their eighties do you know who make music? What you start now, just because it's fun to play with your friends, may become something that brings you joy for the rest of your life."
Michele Radke, Principal, Timber Trail Elementary
"Music is a wonderful way for students to be expressive, creative, and have fun."
Laura Wilson, former Principal, Redstone Elementary
“It is our responsibility to enhance and educate the "whole" child. Musicality is an important component of intelligence and learning. Without music where would 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 our students in Douglas County.”
Former beginning band student
"Playing an instrument makes me have a lot of responsibility."