Please enjoy this little video we put together to give you an idea of what Steel Magic Northwest is all about. Our warmest thanks to Fio B. and Ashlee H. for their fine camera skills and interviewing!
What else is learned from doing this...
Steel Magic Northwest is as much about making good people as it is about making good music! Participants learn much more than just music in the steel band. They develop teamwork skills, leadership through mentoring, an increased sense of responsibility to the group, social skills, and they see on a regular basis the fruits of their dedication. The steel band is different than school band or orchestra in that the director doesn't stand in front with a baton; the students themselves are in front, and therefore have a heightened sense of ownership of the performance.
The value of music in a young person's life...
Studies have proven that playing music is unrivaled in terms of how much of the brain is used in a single activity. Here's a a Ted Talk on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng. And here's another one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8zU7PyUrdU.
And here's a recent study establishing the link between music education and academic achievement.
Further justification of the specific value of an after school steel band program can be found in Dr. Anthony Hailey's 1993 doctoral dissertation. And in the years since that paper was written, many youth have become even more inactive with the advent of the digital age, so the need for kinetic stimulation is greater than ever.