Current research has begun to define the importance of music study as it relates to the development of a child’s mind. It continues to produce significant data demonstrating that students of music excel in everything they do.
At Dublin High School, we think music is a basic to life. It is an artistic language that helps the human connect imagination to expression; it cultivates the whole child. Instead of instructing the student ”what to think,” it teaches the student ”how to think.” It underscores the value of interpretation and personal judgment rather than the traditional right-or-wrong answer concept of learning.
Perhaps Dr. Gordon Shaw and Dr. Francis Rauscher (while at the University of California – Irvine) have done the most provocative neurological research about the value of music study:
”A research team exploring the link between music and intelligence reports that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. After six months of lessons, those children who received the music training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than the others. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, science, and engineering.”
This is only one of many ongoing experiments that continue to support the theory that music enhances the human intellect. It is apparent we have merely scratched the surface concerning the positive implications of music study.
We also know that music is an integral part of a complete education. Music augments awareness and sensitivity in our children. We must never take for granted the excellent music program we enjoy at Dublin High School. Thanks to you, we look forward to many more years of quality music education.
With appreciation and Agape,
Congratulations to Mr. Ward / Ms. Schulz and the winter guard for being 2017 Champions for the Scholastic “A” California Color Guard Circuit. Congratulations to Mr. Van Loben Sels, Ms. Brown, and Mr. Peruzzi and the winter percussion ensemble for winning first place at the Northern California Band Association. Thank you to all of the parents / families / friends who supported both ensembles. Great year!!
April 17, 2017 7:30pm Boosters meeting
April 20, 21, 22, 28, 29 – 7pm; April 23; 30 – 2pm GUYS & DOLLS MUSICAL
Hello Irish Guard Family:
Well, even if it is daylight savings time and it is 6:45am ... I am awake to write THANK YOU to all who "served" Saturday at the NC-PA percussion. We had twenty ensembles choose to spend time / money with us and that is an honor. I truly believe we earned that honor. For us to have made that day work at another DUSD site is a terrific accomplishment! I have learned not give out single recognitions for events. By inocently leaving people out, I hurt people's feelings -- who I did not know did a specific task. Therefore, I just give general thoughts for the day and if you had anything to do with with what I observed - THANK YOU. If I missed anything during my time from 7:15am - 11:15pm, I apologize my two eyes missing it.
Congratulations to guard for another first place finish. Continue to enjoy your season
Wednesday night rehearsal 6pm-7pm all of us for marching band; 7pm-9pm OUR ONE REHEARSAL PRIOR TO MARCH 20TH CONCERT
Saturday is St. Patrick's Day Parade - room opens at 7:30am; We need to be at starting line at 8:30am; like in the past I will give the guard how they wish to be involved - either with a routine or shaking hands
Spring Concert March 20th 7pm; students in band room at 6:30pm
District Jazz / Orchestra / DHS Choir CONCERT 7pm AT WELLS
March 24th - Benicia WINTER PERCUSSION COMPETITION... we are still looking for 10 students to join us to help the percussion ensemble. We are leaving at 1:30pm on Friday March 24th and return by 11pm. We do have a chartered bus for that day. Difficult to get drivers on a FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
March 25th - Foothill where THE GUARD AND PERCUSSION WILL BE PARTICIPATING ON THE SAME DAY IN THE SAME ASSOCIATION... A FIRST IN SEVERAL YEARS! Happy and grateful for that opportunity. Checkout both groups.
I hope you will enjoy your Sunday and again, Thank you all for helping make our organization so successful.
March 2017 Director’s Newsletter
March is always a busy time of year for students. They are faced with extended homework assignments and a full agenda of school activities. Parental support and encouragement are crucial at this time of the year.
When the students become overloaded to the point of experiencing stress and pressure, they feel the need to lighten their load. Unfortunately, students, parents and counselors often misinterpret the study of music as an “educational extra” and in an attempt to alleviate the student’s time dilemma, set music aside. It is at best, a short-term solution.
It is important to maintain music studies for two reasons: 1) the personal skills required to handle the challenges of life are actively practiced in music, and 2) the interdisciplinary skills learned in music are identical to those required for success in life. These skills include working in teams, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, imagination and invention.
Therefore, the solution to the problem is – MORE MUSIC!
Former Chairman and CEO of Apple Computer Inc., John Sculley, commented, “as a chief executive of a technology company that thrives on creativity, I want to work with people whose imaginations have been unleashed and who tackle problems as challenges rather than seeing them as obstacles. An education enriched by the creative arts should be considered essential for everyone.”
Every parent wants his / her child to enjoy a life filled with happiness and prosperity. For all these reasons and more, we want to make certain your child is well prepared for the opportunities of tomorrow. We strongly encourage the continuation of your child’s music studies. Should the notion of “quitting music” arise in a conversation, contact us immediately. You can count on our support in explaining the unique advantages of having a lifelong relationship with music.
Your support is a cornerstone in the foundation of our music program at Dublin High School. Thank you!
March (Winterpercussion DUE TO ATHLETICS SCHEDULE rehearsals on Thursdays has changed to 6:30pm-9:30pm… the students will be in the parking lot at 9:30pm; sorry for the change, but the gyms are needed by athletics and this is the “best” schedule; winterguard please check with Mr. Ward regarding your schedule)
6 Monday 7:30pm BOOSTERS MEETING; PIT ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL 7PM-9PM
11 Saturday HOSTING NCPA SHOW… the proceeds from this FUNDRAISER goes to ENTIRE music program! Please! We need help … we have over FORTY SLOTS unfilled. Including all the instrumental / choral / guard students, there are over 200 students in the music program. We need to be a great host for the 20 schools that are attending!! Thank you for your help!! www.dhsirishguard.org
13 Monday CHORAL SPRING CONCERT – 7pm
15 Wednesday MARCHING / CONCERT BAND REARSAL 6pm-9pm… Jazz Band is needed from 6pm-7pm for marching band portion of rehearsal!
18 Saturday ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE we need to be at the start of the parade by 9:30am. I will have the band room opened at 8:15am for students to get their uniforms on and get to parade
20 Monday INSTRUMENTAL SPRING CONCERT – students in room at 6:30pm; Concert starts at 7pm
21 Tuesday Pit Orchestra Rehearsal 7pm-9pm
22 Wednesday District Concert for ORCHESTRA / JAZZ BAND / DHS CHOIR 7pm at Wells Middle School
24 Friday Benicia Winter Percussion – YES! IT IS ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. Parents – please know we will be leaving by 2:30pm; so I know many of you work – sorry to ask for you to adjust your schedule to drive students to and from competition.
25 Saturday Foothill Winter Percussion / Guard competition. It is the ONLY NCBA competition where both the guard and percussion will be attending. Wanted to have one “local” show on the same day. Schedule TBA.
27 Monday Pit Orchestra Rehearsal 7pm-9pm
28 Tuesday BINGO 7PM
31 Friday Winterpercussion rehearsal 6pm-9pm
ello Dublin HS Instrumental Music Families:
We are pleased to report the healthy progress and steady growth of our music program and more importantly of the students who are dedicated to quality music making.
In our music program we provide an opportunity for artistic expression that a student could not experience on his / her own. But our program goes beyond the development of basic skills and artistic talent. We are dedicated to developing the following values:
The implementation, reinforcement and integration of these disciplines serve as the foundation of our program.
Our mission is to develop a music community. Before we can attain harmony, balance and blend within the music, we must establish it with one another. To build and strengthen our musical performances, we have to build and strengthen our personal relationships within the group. We must create a safe atmosphere that encourages risk, growth, failure, persistence and a focus on excellence. In our musical family everyone counts.
Our winning combination is:
Parent Support + Student Desire + Teacher Guidance = CERTAIN SUCCESS
Success creates success. Success in music translates to success in life. Our students experience being a part of this successful musical community by:
We thank you for your support, and remind you that YOU are a key ingredient in our success recipe.
In the interest of our music students & AGAPE,
Highlights for February:
Feb. 4 – Winter percussion at CAL HS / guard at AVHS
Feb. 11 – Jazz Festival at AMADOR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Feb. 23 – eighth grade night (would be great to have students / parents here to show support)
There are other highlights for February. They can be found at www.dhsirishguard.org
THE VALUE OF MUSIC BEYOND PERFORMANCE
Sorry for the belated: Welcome to the New Year! We are excited about the full slate of opportunities ahead of us and we are eager to continue our exchange of good news about the value of music education for your child.
Often a single concert or presentation measures the success of a music program. While it is true that a performance demonstrates the students’ mastery of skills, it is only one aspect of our comprehensive music curriculum. Music classes at Dublin High School are designed to prepared students to be RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS IN TOMORROW’S SOCIETY. What is it about music learning that offers young musicians a head start over their non-musician counterparts?
When your child is in the act of making decisions based on present moment choices, he / she replicates the same thought processes used in expressing music. This is a human quality that must be developed; it is the foundation for all problem-solving skills.
When we take a holistic view of music learning, we develop a new perspective and appreciation for our school’s music program. Music is important in the life of your child.
CHECK www.dhsirishguard.org for any activities:
For the rest of this month:
We have COLLECTION for ‘SAVERS’ Fundraiser the Weekend of January 21 and January 28…
There is a PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Day on January 27th. We are hoping to have our ANNUAL “Family Night” for the middle schools and high school winter guard & percussion that evening: 7pm at Fallon. So far, as of January 14, 2017, we have enough students in town to keep this annual event going. There will be a jazz band rehearsal from 3:30pm-5pm January 27 and then we will get some dinner and head over to Fallon. We do need help moving equipment to and from Fallon.
March 11 – We are hosting the NC-PA percussion competition. We are going to need EVERYONE’S help. This fundraiser is for the entire program, not just the percussion students. Please save March 11th to help your child’s music program. Thank you
The Global Language – MUSIC
Hello Dublin High School Instrumental Music Program PARENTS / LEGAL GUARDIANS:
Traditionally, the holidays are filled with music. Can you imagine the December festivities accompanied by silence (sure has been a great December 5th, 2016 with that super concert (smile)? Let us take a moment to recognize and appreciate a communication that transcends all religious, racial, political and economic barriers: the artistic language of MUSIC.
Our world is shrinking. The mere flip of a computer switch puts us in contact with anyone … anywhere. Geographical barriers no longer isolate us from our global neighbors. We are challenged to find a common ground for mutual understanding. There is only one language that embraces everyone: MUSIC. If we want our students to have a world-class education, then we must offer them world-class music instruction.
With the new millennium it is imperative that we pledge to establish a harmonious culture of our children. Most certainly tomorrow’s world will be a reflection of today’s choices and decisions. Music must be a mainstay of our schools, for it answers the important questions of who we are as well as why are.
In the spirit of giving, please accept our sincerest gratitude for your support of music; not just for the music program at Dublin High School., but music throughout our community, our state and our nation. Together we can make a difference. Together we are making a difference. Your son / daughter and all the members of our musical family are the benefactors.
Best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season are extended to you and yours. Let us begin the New Year with a renewed commitment to music in our schools. Through music our children are allowed to live a rich life filled with expression, appreciation and creative growth.
MAKE A JOYFUL SOUND!
Paul D. Everts
“I learned what every dreaming child needs to know; no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it.” – Beryl Markham
The rehearsal schedule for the winter guard & percussion should be on the www.dhsirishguard.org website by December 16th…
We still need folks to help with the DECEMBER 10TH “Breakfast with Santa.” Again, please go to www.dhsirishguard.org
We are going to host a MARCH 11 winter percussion competition. We will need help for that event. HELP FROM ALL OF OUR FAMILIES!!
Other than that… as always if you have any questions / comments / comments and yes, even a compliment: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Thanksgiving season serves as a strong reminder that we have much to be thankful for in our music program:
As we approach the halfway point of our academic year, I extend a sincere VOTE OF THANKS to everyone who has made it possible for our instrumental music / color guard program to thrive and prosper. Your investment of time, effort and energy is the key to our success.
With gratitude & Agape,
In speaking of his renowned Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein said, “it occurred to me by intuition that music was the driving force behind that intuition and my discovery was the result of my musical perception.”
November 7 – 6pm-9pm COLOR GUARD REHEARSAL
November 9 – 6pm-9pm REHEARSAL FOR ALL
November 10 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm PERCUSSION REHEARSAL
November 12 – please go to www.dhsirishguard.org for NAPA/VINTAGE INFORMATION
November 14 – 6pm-9pm COLOR GUARD REHEARSAL
November 16 – 6pm-9pm FINAL MARCHING BAND/GUARD REHEARSAL
November 17 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm Percussion Rehearsal
November 19 – 9am - ?? FAIRFIELD BAND REVIEW; Final band review of year (more information…)
November 28 – BOOSTERS MEETING 7:30pm
November 30 – BAND/COLOR GUARD PHOTO 6PM-9PM… Need to be in uniform at 6pm…
There will be more information about winterguard and winterpercussion… SOON!!
Winterpercussion will start December 8th…. Rehearsals will be 6pm-9pm on THURSDAYS and 8am-12pm on Saturdays… No rehearsals during the two week semester break.
Dear Parents / Guardians of Mr. Everts’ students:
Welcome to October and the beginning of the Holiday Season. Our music program continues to move forward at a face pace. We are enjoying the unlimited possibilities of music learning and music making, otherwise known as – ART.
This is often the time of year when school becomes a bit “routine.” The realization of mid-term tests, lengthy assignments and crucial deadlines becomes apparent. Many students find themselves in a bind and begin to seek ways to shed the burden of “cover-commitment.” Unfortunately, music is often the target of this quick-fix solution.
Beware of the shallow contention, “But I have taken music classes and I just don’t have the time to continue with music when there is so much to do.” Initially this statement seems to have some merit, but when parents / guardians clearly understand that music stimulates the creative mind and unleashes multidimensional thinking that reinforces the highest level of intellect, memory and sensory awareness, the argument is short-lived. The question to ask your child is, “Do you want to master the disciplines required to achieve your life-goals? The obvious “yes” answer supports a continuation of music study.
Over the years, music educators have carefully tracked the SAT test scores of students involved in music classes compared to those who were not. The statistics highlight a dramatic variance that cannot be ignored:
“Students with coursework / experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 37 points higher on the math portion than students with NO coursework or experience in the arts. And a difference in scores increased with the number of years involved. Those who studied music four or more years scored a combined 101 points higher on the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.” Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board (1997)
The benefits of music study far beyond the performance. Please join with me to guarantee a promising future for you son / daughter and all the young instrumental musicians in our instrumental music program by encouraging them to continue their study of music.
October 7 – Middle School Night (Wells and Fallon) we need many parents to help with HALF-TIME and evening
October 17 - JAZZ BAND / STRINGS / THIRD PERIOD – DRESS REHEARSAL 6PM-9PM (students should bring homework for that evening)
October 18th – Jazz Band / Strings / Third Period / Choirs Concert 7pm
October 21 – Senior night (Seniors introduced at Half-time; escorted by IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS
October 22 – Foothill Field Show Competition
OCTOBER 24 is BOOSTERS MEETING 7:30pm (we had around FIFTEEN PARENTS in September; WE NEED MORE!!)
October 29 – the DUBLIN HIGH SCHOOL FIELD SHOW COMPETITION (and my goodness… WE NEED SO MANY PARENTS / FAMILY MEMBERS / FRIENDS TO HELP HOST THREE-THOUSAND PEOPLE!!)
November 5 – Independence High School (San Jose) Field Show Competition
November 6 – Pleasanton Veterans’ Day Parade (sometime in the MORNING!!)
Yes, there are WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY / SATURDAY REHEARSALS…
check www.irishguard.org for calendar
WINTERPERCUSSION AND WINTER GUARD WILL BEGIN IN NOVEMBER. I (Mr. Everts) would love to see both continue. I know FOR NOW it is just me (Mr. Everts) with winterpercussion and it was just me (Mr. Everts) when we started in 2008 and we did fine then and we will do fine today. Rehearsals will be Thursday nights 6:30pm-9pm and Saturdays 8am-12pm… more information to follow… We will begin the Thursday rehearsals November 3
September / October DIRECTOR’S LETTER
Dear Parents / Guardians of Mr. Everts’ Students:
Schedules and classes are now in place and we are focused on a solid curriculum certain to make a difference in the life of every student in our instrumental music program. I would like to share some ways that you can help support our program.
Encouraging Parent / Guardian. Competence is the result of dedicated “time on task.” Music learning, music performance, and music appreciation are the outcomes of study, practice, and guided listening. With limited rehearsal time, it is imperative that students invest extra time in nurturing their talents and improving their skills. Please encourage a positive practice schedule. Remember that practice time must be framed as a benefit and not as a disciplinary penalty.
Loyal, Appreciate Audience. The best audience is always parents. You are faced with a full agenda in your personal and professional life, and you are challenged to adjust your schedule to more to your son / daughter than words can describe. Music is a family affair. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate your child’s talent.
Booster Member. There are many ways to aid and participate in our parent support organization. Please join with other parents who realize the far-reaching potential of the arts and take advantage of the synergy created by sharing a common educated philosophy. This organization ensures the future of quality music education for your son / daughter and his / her fellow artists.
The instrumental music program at Dublin High School continues to thrive because of a group of students who are better understanding and supportive of the expectations of our department and exemplary parental support. YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
I look forward to visiting with you in the near future.
In the interest of your child & Agape,
Paul D. Everts
Instrumental Music Teacher
Dublin High School
October 1 / 2 -- Meat and Fish sale FUNDRAISER ALL DAY at Dublin High School
October 5 – We need parents to learn how to move equipment on and off the field. Those helpers are needed at 8:15pm in the stadium
October 7 – Football game MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT / HALF-TIME PERFORMANCE need lots of help!!
October 17 – 6pm-9pm DRESS REHEARSAL FOR ORCHESTRA/THIRD PERIOD AND JAZZ BAND
October 18 – 7:00pm ORCHESTRA / THIRD PERIOD / JAZZ BAND / CHOIRS’ CONCERT
October 21 – Final HOME football game of the year… IT IS SENIOR NIGHT. At half-time, Seniors are introduced alongside IMMEDIATE family members.
October 22 – FIRST FIELD SHOW COMPETITION OF THE YEAR!! Rehearsal will be 8am – when we leave for Foothill. We will need all sorts of help that day!! FEEDING STUDENTS; LOADING/UNLOADING EQUIPMENT and just a lot of help….
AND OF COURSE THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF REHEARSALS FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!
Please visit www.dhsirishguard.org AND GET INVOLVED. YOUR CHILD AND HIS / HER DIRECTOR NEED YOU!!
August 1, 2016
Dear Irish Guard Family:
The new school year begins August 15, 2016 and we are excited to begin to experience the joy of making music and adding color to that music. Thank you for your support, and particularly for encouraging your son / daughter to continue his / her study of music. This investment of time, effort and energy will produce lifelong dividends.
Throughout the year you will be receiving communication from our Instrumental Music Department concerning upcoming concerts and other pertinent information. I also will be sending you compelling research data about the importance of music study in the development of your child. The world of education is in a constant evolution and you, as a responsible and concerned parent / legal guardian, must be apprised of the latest information gleaned from research studies. This information will aid you in helping your son / daughter make wise choices that are certain to benefit his / her future.
Evidence continues to focus on the arts (music) as a vital component in the positive growth of every child. For years, we have pointed to the music students as those who have demonstrated a special talent. However, based on extended studies we now know it is the very process of learning music that develops the artistic mind and brings forth the creative potential in all young people; the same can be said with color guard members in their art, as well.
It is a privilege to have your son / daughter as a valued musician and / or color guard member in our organization. Thank you for your support of music education at Dublin High School. You play an important role in everything we do. Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!
Paul D. Everts
Director of Instrumental Music
Dublin High School
PLEASE ATTEND THE VERY IMPORTANT PARENT MEETING ON AUGUST 5. Parent meeting is at 6pm in the band room; students brief performance 6:30pm; BBQ potluck immediately following the performance.
Paul D. Everts
Dublin High School Instrumental Music Director