Beautiful melodies waft through the hallways of Blue Valley schools, surrounding listeners in a moment of pure musical bliss. Notes and phrases blend into artistic perfection as orchestras, choirs and various ensembles rehearse the music they will soon perform for musicians across Kansas at a state-wide conference.
This month, six musical groups from three Blue Valley Schools were invited to perform at the annual Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Workshop, an unprecedented record for the district. These six groups, which account for more than one-fifth of all musical groups invited to perform, include:
Pleasant Ridge Middle
7th and 8th Grade Select Choir
7th and 8th Grade Orchestra
Blue Valley Southwest
Blue Valley West
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
As we gear up to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in March, this KMEA accomplishment serves as a great reminder of the positive work music educators are doing district-wide to provide students an Education Beyond Expectations. Blue Valley Schools values the fine arts programs offered throughout the district as well as the educators who bring those programs to life. Across the district more than 30 music education courses are available to students from the elementary to high school levels.
From aiding brain development in the areas of language and reasoning, to promoting creativity, to improving SAT scores, to opening doors to new cultures and more, music’s positive impact on education is undeniable.