Abby Ballinger, Band & Orchestra Teacher, Sierra Middle School -
"My philosophy is that music changes lives. It builds a positive self-esteem, a sense of community, teaches responsibility, gives a sense of belonging, and allows an outlet for “self expression” and creativity. Our program at Sierra has a strong tradition of making great music. We achieved a high level of musicianship last year, and I’m looking forward to making this year even better!
Cynthia Berndt, Music Teacher, Timber Trail – “Without music, life is boring!"
George Boser, Principal, Sedalia -"I fully support these music programs, and I understand the importance of making these opportunities available for all kids. All kids have talents and treasures waiting to be developed, and it is great that these programs will allow kids the opportunity to explore their interests, hopes and dreams."
Steve Hinman, former Director of Bands, Chaparral - "I am thrilled to see that the long tradition of excellence in instrumental music education will be carried on at the elementary level in the Chaparral High School feeder area. The CHEIM Instructors are experienced music educators and do a terrific job in the CHS feeder area. I hope many, many students will choose to enroll in the program as you will be well rewarded as a musician!"
Andrea L. Meyers, Retired DCSD Teacher – “I highly recommend Instrumental Music for all our students! Orchestra and Band is more than a class, it's a place for friendship, ....it's a family. I LOVED being in orchestra! It was always a safe, fun, happy place to make music! In music, our students become better leaders, problem solvers, develop higher thinking skills, are offered unique opportunities, and have so much FUN making music!"
Shel Stanfill, Orchestra Director, Chaparral High School – “Playing music and getting to perform it are treasures of life. How wonderful to get the opportunity to be part of an organized program at school to explore this great art form. I am proud to be part of the instrumental music system in Douglas County and very much enjoy watching students achieve their successes in music every year.”
Former beginning band student – “Playing an instrument makes me have a lot of responsibility.”