California Educator

September 2013

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5 I love singing. It makes me feel happy. I can express myself with my voice. Granite Oaks Middle School student Kate McLaughlin The arts Help students express themselves Studies prove that students who take music tend to do better in math. They are dividing and subdividing beats, so there's a lot of math involved. Students who study music score higher on their SATs. They have higher attendance in schools. Districts are so worried about the test, they don't realize that providing music is one of the best things they can do to help improve achievement for kids academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Also, music is one of the few activities that engage both sides of the brain at the same time. MARY DICK choir teacher at Granite Oaks Middle School Rocklin Teachers Professional Association In choir, we get to sing songs and express ourselves. We aren't judged in here like we are on the outside. It's a positive atmosphere. You can be yourself. Granite Oaks Middle School student Mitchell Secondo See "Behind the Scenes" photos from this article at SEP TEMBER 201 3 Educator 09 Sep 2013 v3.6 int.indd 13 13 9/3/13 2:25 PM

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