St. Francis School of Music
Welcome to the St. Francis School of Music. I am honored to introduce you to our newest program and faculty. In a time when many schools are reducing their arts offerings due to budget constraints, St. Francis is blessed to offer our students not only an excellent group music program, but also an extracurricular instrumental and vocal program led by some of the finest musical talent in Houston.
Creating music not only moves the soul, but also stirs the brain at its most fundamental level. It is one of the few activities that uses both sides of the brain, and research shows that music education contributes to a child’s intellectual development in a surprising breadth of ways. Working with music enhances the brain’s ability to adapt and change, primes it for other forms of human communication, and tones it for auditory fitness. Music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention and making predictions, contributes to higher achievement in math and science due to its reliance on abstract reasoning skills, increases self-esteem, and even offers a documented solution to drug abuse and teen violence.
St. Francis students already benefit from a strong group program that helps them develop the basic musical foundation that every child needs and deserves. Now, the St. Francis School of Music takes this music education one step further by allowing our students and other children to delve into specific disciplines more deeply than they can in a classroom setting, exploring individual musical interests at their own pace and on their own developmental level.
Musical proficiency is a skill that will benefit your child in countless ways, bringing joy throughout life. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to give your child this wonderful gift.Susan B. Lair, Ph.D.Head of SchoolSt. Francis Episcopal Day School