There have been many studies that show the benefits of music education - higher test scores in math and language, improved memory and comprehension, a better understanding of complex math concepts, not to mention boosts in creativity, coordination, teamwork, and attentiveness. The best benefit - music is FUN, and it makes learning fun. And most of the time, students don't even realize they are, in fact, learning.
Music class at TJS focuses on those benefits. We learn to read music and practice rhythms and do some singing. But we also write songs, put poetry to music, dance, throw in some improv acting, do a few experiments about the science of sound, make our own instruments, and more. In other words, we write, exercise, public speak, experiment, create and build - practicing skills our students will use in everyday life.