Instrument Drive

Engaging students in learning and experiencing a variety of music opportunities versed in culture are some of the most important factors in developing active and informed members of our community.
Over the last four years Lech Usinowicz has been teaching/directing general music, Choir, Beginning Orchestra, Advanced Orchestra, Select Orchestra and D.R.U.M. ensembles at Bayfield Elementary School. He would like to continue to provide more opportunities to the students of Bayfield, CO by introducing concert band to all 5th grade students as part of thier general music studies. This is where you come in. We need your help in purchasing a library of concert band instruments to be used by the over 600 students here at BES. Our goal for concert band instruments for 5th grade is $10,000. This money will afford each 5th grade student the opportunity to learn and play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet as part of general music instruction. The benefits of this opportunity are countless, and with your help, can become a reality. For more information about the benefits of music on child development, please see below.

Purple $50 will sponsor one student
Gold $100 will afford instruments, accessories, and instructional book for one student
Platinum $200 will sponsor all concert band materials/instruments for two students
Diamond $500 will sponsor all concert band materials/instruments for two students

All sponsors will be listed in our programs as contributors to this wonderful opportunity.
Checks can be made out to BES.

Thank you for your support,

Lech Usinowicz
Bayfield Elementary School Music Director
lusinowicz@bayfield.k12.co.us
(970) 884-5637

Why make a donation to the BES concert band instrument drive?
Music forces people to think in an unconventional manner by providing elements of knowledge that cannot be found in any other one area of study. Researchers have long suspected that music affects the brain and now have extensive evidence to back up their theory. Intelligence, emotion, academic standing, and social skills are just some of the areas that music has been proven to stimulate and develop.
Music has proven to support all of the core curricular areas of study (i.e. math, science, and reading). Tony Mickela author of Does Music have an Impact on the Development of Students? wrote, “Learning to read music enhances the student’s ability to perform the skills necessary for reading, listening, anticipating, forecasting, memory training, recall skills, concentration techniques and speed reading.” In Laurence O’Donnell’s article, Music and the Brain, he tells us about Albert Einstein who credited his intelligence–that led to miraculous discoveries/theories–to the violin. Listening and playing music (more specifically, classical and baroque music) activates both the left and right sides of the brain intern allowing the brain to be more receptive to information (Laurence O’Donnell).
Rhythm, arguably the most essential part of music, teaches a child to count and to be able to learn basic elements of math (addition, division, factions, and multiplication). The National Association for Music Education released an article entitled Music Education Facts and Figures, “Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation” (College-Bound Seniors National Report). Implementing music into a young child's learning has great effects on their future in education.

The process of learning music teaches students to exercise abstract reasoning skills that they use for doing math and other critical thinking activities that require them to visualize, analyze and interpret music, thus, revealing our creative, spiritual and emotional nature.

Preparing our students for the future.
Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. Compared to the 44% of biochemistry majors that were accepted. As reported in "The Case for Music in the Schools," Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994
“Music has great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.” – Ted Turner

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