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Music Department

Experiences in the arts play a valuable role in the education of all students. Through creating, presenting and analyzing music, students can develop their creativity, extend their creative problem-solving skills, improve individual and cooperative work habits, and knowledge of themselves and others students. These experiences result in developing self-awareness, self-confidence, and a sense of well-being. Since musical activities involve intense engagement, students experience a sense of wonder and joy when learning through music, which can develop a sense of personal responsibility, connections to their communities, and drive students to explore future careers and educational opportunities.

The arts nourish the imagination and develop a sense of beauty, while providing unique ways for students to gain insights into the world around them. All of the arts communicate through complex symbols – verbal, visual, and aural – and help students understand aspects of life in a variety of ways. Students gain insights into the human condition through ongoing exposure to musical works of art – for example, they can imagine what it would be like to be in the same situation as a character in an opera, or what society was like when a symphony was composed. They identify common values, both aesthetic and human, in various musical selections and, in doing so, increase their understanding of others and learn that music can have a civilizing influence on society. In producing their own works, students communicate their insights while developing musical skills and aesthetic judgment.

In The Dr. G.W. Williams Music Department, students are given opportunities to interact with peers who share their love of music, to appreciate the rich variety of musical culture in the world around them, to build and develop leadership skills, to express opinions and goals, to participate in making music together, and to learn from professionals both in the classroom and in the community.  Here, they work together to perform as soloists and ensembles in a variety of settings, learning valuable life and interpersonal skills that they can take with them beyond the halls of Williams Music.

 Mr. A. Miceli​ ext. 265
​ Mr. D. Bowles​ ​​ext. 407
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