Why study music at Redwood?

Forbes, Jun 25, 2019
High School Students Do Better In Science, Math And English If They Also Take Music Lessons
Schools are under constant pressure to make budget cuts, and music programs are often first on the chopping block. Now, an extensive study from the University of British Columbia in Canada shows that students who took music lessons in high school performed better in subjects such as English, science, and math. (Read More)

  • The caliber and reputation of the program speaks for itself.
  • Many students study music all four years – and some take multiple music classes.
  • We offer six classes ranging from basic to advanced and include classical, jazz, and commercial music plus music theory, history, and ear training, among other components. Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to try new instruments and musical genre. 
  • We have fun while also instilling a sense of discipline, respect, and responsibility, with the idea that not practicing your instrument may reflect poorly on an entire ensemble. 
  • Studying music is a life skill, something our graduates take with them into adulthood.
  • Studies show that studying music enhances learning, including increased attention span and focus, self-confidence, empathy, language, and overall intellectual growth. Last year’s graduating music students had an average GPA of 4.5 in one class alone.
  • Many music graduates go on to premier universities, including some who go on to become professional musicians or work in some capacity of the music industry. 
  • Music students enjoy individualized study: large group, small ensembles, or solos.  
  • Students become an instant part of a welcoming social network. Many students stay in touch and reminisce about their positive experience while in the music department. 
  • Guest instructors and performers motivate and inspire students. 
  • The community benefits from the generosity of our student volunteers, who pass along their skills to younger, underserved children in Marin County. 
  • The Night of Blues has become a well-loved annual Redwood tradition that’s enjoyed by parents and students alike, with 450 attendees last year alone. Students participate at all levels: planning, publicity, performance. 
  • We support other RHS departments, such as drama, and we’re always on hand to enliven events such as graduation, pep rallies, and other school gatherings. 
  • Our music students are in demand, performing at venues around the Bay Area such as Giant’s Stadium, The Fenix, local restaurants, tree lighting ceremony in Tiburon, and the Schools Rule fundraiser. 
  • We have dedicated, active, enthusiastic parents who support the department in many different ways. 
  • We offer scholarships to students who would otherwise be unable to attend field trips or benefit from private music lessons. 
  • We provide free entertainment for families every semester at our on-campus concerts.
  • Music students work hard and find joy in music!