CGHS Music Matters Middle to High Retention Plan
We believe in the importance of retaining our music students from the Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School as they transition to Cedar Grove High School. Approximately half of the slightly over 500 students at the middle school are involved in music, that is over 250 students in either the Choir, Band or Orchestra. Many scheduling challenges face our students when they transition to the high school due to our small size and limited class offerings. We wanted to make sure to identify the students who wanted to keep music in their schedules and be sure they were afforded access to these classes, while at the same time, accommodating other required classes. Many families did not realize that with increased communication with guidance at the high school, these students could keep music in their lives while still filling their schedules with other courses they wished to take. In an effort to bridge the gap between the schools, the CGHS Music Advocacy Committee launched a campaign that focused on the music program at the high school and ways to effectively convey this information to our middle school families. The committee created a tri-fold that was distributed at Middle School music concerts, as well as, the CGHS Open House. Students also created an Advocacy Video where students advocated un-scripted on the subject of why music was an integral part of their lives. In addition, both the middle school and high school students collaborated on concert performances, as well as, allowed the middle school students to participate in the high school pep band. Young students in the district were also offered opportunities to participate in the high school musicals. Many of these cross-promotional opportunities allowed the middle school students to see first-hand what it was like to be part of the music program up at the high school. The high school students became mentors and as a result, they created an environment where the younger students grew in their enthusiasm and desire to stay within the music program. The camaraderie and support was contagious and many students couldn’t wait to be a part of it. The video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OF1pLIPxF8
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