At St. Matthew’s, we consider our Band, Choir, and Handchime programs to be cocurricular because they rehearse during the school day, enhance the overall education of our students, and have scheduled performances outside the school day.
Students in grades 5-8 must include at least one of the three music programs in their weekly schedules. Band lessons and a large group rehearsal are scheduled for either Monday (Beginners) or Tuesday (Advanced), while Choir and Chimes meet for two large group rehearsals each week.
Participation in music helps a child’s overall intellectual development (see this article; read more here) which corresponds to higher grades and better test scores. Music also teaches critical skills that are important in today’s workforce: self-discipline, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and self-expression. Music is really important for a sound education! (pun intended)
Students in all three groups have opportunities to use the skills they develop as part of regular worship during the school year. In addition, all three groups perform at Winter and Spring Concerts put on by St. Matthew’s each year. The Band and Choir both have additional opportunities, as they compete in the annual Fine Arts Fair, which is held at Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, WI.