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Upcoming middle schoolers ready to sign up for band

COVINGTON — In the midst of preparing for middle school, upcoming sixth-graders of the Newton County School System have the opportunity to hone their musical skills in next year’s curriculum.

With the option to participate in their middle school’s band or chorus program, students will get to explore the world of music at an in-depth level during their sixth-grade year.

According to Cousins Middle band Director Christine Kraemer, the fundamental courses of band and chorus are a part of every middle school curriculum in NCSS, and are not considered extra-curricular activities.

“The band and chorus programs are a yearlong class students attend during one of their exploratory class periods,” said Kraemer. “Students starting this program do not have to read music and do not have to know what instrument they wish to play or be able to sing well. The students will have the chance to explore the differences in band instruments and explore various voice parts during the first part of the school year.”

Kraemer went on to add that studies have shown that music education increases early brain development and improves overall academic performance. Sciencedaily.com states that children exposed to a multi-year program of music education display superior cognitive performance in reading skills, compared to their non-musically trained peers.

A link to the band and chorus registration form for rising sixth-graders can be found on the NCSS website at www.newtoncountyschools.org. Completed forms should be returned to each middle school’s band director before May 24. For more information, contant Kraemer at kraemer.christine@newton.k12.ga.us, or call her at 770-786-7311.