Now all aspiring musicians in grades 4-8 attending area Lutheran schools have the opportunity to develop their musical talents. The Schmeeckle Foundation has awarded MLHS $20,000 to purchase band instruments for elementary students on which to learn. With funding from the Schmeeckle Foundation we have purchased one oboe, six trumpets, two alto saxophones, four trombones, six flutes, and six clarinets. The MLHS “Play It Again” Golf Benefit raises funds each year to provide scholarships for elementary band lessons. Free instruments and lesson scholarships now makes music learning affordable for all!
“Congratulations! Your request for $20,000 for your ‘Making Music with Children’ project has been approved. We appreciate your commitment to fine arts. Music is not only important as an art, but as a means of building self-esteem in our youth. We hope that your students will share their talents, particularly with our elderly population.” -the Schmeeckle Foundation July 16, 2019 Grant Award Letter to MLHS
Learning music and developing talents builds confidence in young children that enhances their learning capabilities in many other areas. It is proven that music helps students with ADHD and other learning problems. "Musical training creates new brain connections in children. Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). "-Source: Radiological Society of North America, November 21, 2016."
On the 2012 SAT, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points above average in reading, 23 points above average in math, and 31 points above average in writing. "-Source: “College Board SAT, 2012 College-Bound Seniors: Total Group Profile Report.”
Parents Magazine documents how learning music helps your child's development. Read the full articlehere.
For all Lutheran students grades 4-8 in Northrop, Truman, and Fairmont
Free Instrument rentals
Scholarships for lessons
Private and group lessons at your Lutheran elementary school
Monthly group rehearsals at MLHS
Concerts combined with musicians from all elementary schools and MLHS
Enhance appreciation of many music styles
Discover and develop talents
Gain a sense of accomplishment and performance
View music as a gift from God and an integral part of worship
Good, talented music directors are hard to find. God answered our prayers by sending us Mr. Phil Schult to teach band and choir. Phil was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the son of Lutheran teachers, he started his musical training on trumpet with his elementary band director, his father. He continued his education at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, where he was the principal trumpet player for 3 years. Upon his graduation, Phil attended Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois, where he studied under Dr. Richard Fischer. He was the principal trumpet player for 2 years in the Wind Symphony. After graduation with his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1987, Phil accepted a call to Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois, to be an elementary instrumental music teacher, high school jazz band co-director, basketball and golf coach. Subsequently, he has served schools in Lakewood, Colorado; Wyoming, Iowa; and Maitland, Florida. With over twenty years of teaching experience, Phil brings knowledge, expertise, and a passion for teaching instrumental music to God’s children and he is extremely excited to begin the next adventure in Minnesota. Phil, along with Kim, his wife of 30 years, have six grown children: Joshua, Krista, Kyla, Leah, Micah, and Nadia. Three of his children reside in Chicago, Illinois, and three reside in the Orlando, Florida, area. Phil and his wife, Kim, will move their tiny house with them and will be living in Granada. Phil is excited to build the Music program by introducing elementary students to band instruments and helping them develop their God-given talents. The goal of the “Making Music with Children” program is to foster the love of music in our children. “Learning music and developing talents builds confidence in young children that enhances their learning capabilities in many other areas. It is proven that music helps students with ADHD and other learning problems. Musical training creates new brain connections in children. Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). -Source: Radiological Society of North America, November 21, 2016. Phil plans on beginning band lessons with students as early as grade four, but students in grades five through eight are welcome to start also. He will also have larger group lessons and rehearsals, with concert performances as the goal. Now young, aspiring musicians have the opportunity to develop their talents. For more information email Director Phil at email@example.com.
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