Sidney Music Programs
Sidney City Schools has a proud tradition of outstanding musical talent. Our award-winning Sidney Music Program is comprised of choir, band, and orchestra, beginning in 5th and 6th grades.
There are many benefits to participating in Sidney City Schools Music Program. Here are some of the most significant:
- Improved academic performance: Studies have shown that students who participate in music programs tend to have higher grades, better test scores, and are more likely to graduate from high school.
- Cognitive development: Learning music involves a wide range of cognitive skills, including memory, attention, and spatial reasoning. These skills can have long-term benefits, such as improved problem-solving abilities and creativity.
- Emotional development: Music can be a powerful tool for emotional expression and communication. Students who participate in music programs can develop a better understanding of their own emotions and those of others.
- Social development: Participating in music programs provides opportunities for students to work together as a team and develop important social skills, such as communication, collaboration, and empathy.
- Cultural awareness: Music is a universal language that can connect people from different cultures and backgrounds. Exposure to different types of music can help students develop a better understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
- Personal fulfillment: Learning to play an instrument or sing can be a deeply rewarding experience that can provide a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.
Overall, participation in our school music program can provide a wide range of benefits for students that can have a lasting impact on their academic, emotional, and social development.
Students at Sidney City Schools have the opportunity to start in the band in 5th grade, when they can learn to play a variety of instruments, including brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. They receive instruction from our talented band directors who will help them develop their skills and technique. Students have the opportunity to play in a group settings through concert band in middle school and high school, as well as marching band in high school.
Students at Sidney City Schools have the opportunity to be a part of orchestra beginning in 6th grade. Sidney City Schools is the only school in Shelby County to have an orchestra program. Students learn a wide range of skills related to playing a stringed instrument, such as the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Early orchestra learning explores bowing, fingering, and posture. As students progress, they will work to develop their technical skills, such as intonation, vibrato, and dynamics, in order to improve their playing and sound.
Sidney Middle School students in 5th grade may choose choir or general music. In choir, students will learn to Students receive instruction in proper vocal technique, including breath support, tone production, and diction. In middle school, students learn to read sheet music and sing in harmony with others. They may practice sight-singing exercises to improve their ability to read and sing music at the same time. Seventh and eighth grade choirs compete at the Junior High OMEA contests.
Sidney High School is known for its very strong choral program with a variety of performing groups including Treble Choir, Symphonic Choir, and Chamber Choir.
Sidney High School Drama Department produces at least one musical production each year, traditionally in the spring. Students may audition for roles, be a part of the chorus, or participate as part of the tech crew. Depending on the show, the director may open auditions and participation opportunities to students in middle school.