Epiphany’s Music Department involves all students in grades 5-8 in learning how to read music, sing, and perform together at school events throughout the year. Students are also given the opportunity to join the weekly Chapel Choir as singers and musicians, where they receive additional extracurricular music instruction from Epiphany’s music teachers. During their weekly music classes, our students are exposed to a variety of music styles and genres from around the world. They also learn a variety of techniques for singing and performance which both challenges the students and increases their confidence as they master these techniques. Epiphany is committed to music education programming as an important part of our students’ education and experience of positive forms of self-expression.
We find that increasing our students’ confidence in their abilities is key to helping them believe that they can succeed at school and in life. According to the Journal for Research in Music Education, middle school students who participate in music programs have higher English and Math test scores than their peers who do not participate in music programs in school. For students who are struggling with academic subjects, we find that music can be an important outlet not only for expressing themselves, but also for their perception of their own success and abilities. When struggling students succeed in learning a difficult piece of music or become members of the weekly Chapel band, those students learn to believe in themselves just as we believe in them. That boost in confidence then translates into better academic performance.