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 you a sense of belonging, and allows an outlet for "self-expression" and creativity."
Cynthia Berndt, Music Teacher, Timber Trail – “Without music, life is boring!”
George Boser, Principal, Sedalia - "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, Buffalo Ridge General Music Teacher - "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."
Mary Hilzer, Music Teacher, Wildcat Mountain – “Participation in music programs greatly increase a child's confidence, self-esteem, and increases learning in other areas. Besides, it's FUN!!!!!!!”
Andrea L. Meyers, Retired DCSD teacher & current CCO Board Member - “I highly recommend Instrumental Music for all our Rock Canyon feeder students! Orchestra and Band is more than a class, it's a place for friendship, .....it's a family. I LOVED being in Orchestra! It was always a safe, fun, happy place to make music! In music, our students become better leaders, problem solvers, develop higher thinking skills, are offered unique opportunities and have so much FUN making music!!”
Michele Radke, Principal, Timber Trail - "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."