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“Everyone recognizes excellence when they hear it. When my students achieve it, I am incredibly elated because I know that their talents have been realized and that God will use those talents to open doors for them.” Mark Weakley, Director of Bands

The benefits of music are well-founded in research. It is proven that music learning involves active engagement and discipline, resulting in far-reaching benefits to the brain that may include: improved reading skills; a better vocabulary; and stronger neural activation in native language. Other verbal benefits that have been observed are: increased ability to incorporate the sound patterns of a new language into words (especially helpful for students for whom English is a second language); better and more focused listening skills, including the ability to pick out the most important auditory signals; and better auditory memory and attention. Finally, students engaged in musical activities score an average of 102 points higher in their SATs; score higher in writing and science; are more likely to participate in extracurricular activities; have a higher GPA and are more likely to enroll in a moderately or highly selective 4-year college. Given all these factors, it is no wonder that the band program continues to grow at Chapelgate Christian Academy.

It is exciting to see when a student finally ‘gets it.’ That moment when all their labor, struggle, focus and drive culminate in the execution of excellence. I am always trying to achieve excellence within the entire band program and that means inspiring my students to pursue excellence in their musical achievements. Everyone recognizes excellence when they hear it. When my students achieve it, I am incredibly elated because I know that their talents have been realized and that God will use those talents to open doors for them.