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strong correlations between quality music education in school
* Students in high
quality school music education programs score higher on standardized
tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education
programs, independent of the socioeconomic level of the school or
* 96% of high school
principals surveyed agree that participating in music education
encourages and motivates students to stay in school. 89% feel that a
high-quality music education program contributes to their school
achieving higher graduation rates.
* U.S. Department of
Education data shows that students who report consistently high
levels of involvement in instrumental music during the middle- and
high-school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics
proficiency by grade 12.
From SupportMusic.com and the National Association for Music
Did You Know...
the past ten graduating classes (2002-2011), seven
Valedictorians have been Performing Arts students.
the past ten graduating classes (2002-2011), six
Salutatorians have been Performing Arts students.
the past ten graduating classes (2002-2011), 62%
of the Top Five students in the class were Performing Arts
the past five graduating classes (2007-2011), at least 60%
of the Top 25/30 seniors were Performing Arts students. For the
class of 2010, 21 of the Top 30 seniors (70%) were
Performing Arts students. WOW!!
Central Performing Arts: Academics & Artistry~
Fall 2012 Performing Arts “Top Ten”
The Warren Central Music Department was named a
2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools
Semi-Finalist for the EIGHTH consecutive year (2006-2013)!
Nationwide, 129 public high
schools were selected for this honor, which is 0.5% of 26,407 public
high schools in the
United States. Three other Indiana schools were also selected, but
Warren Central was the
ONLY Indiana Semi-Finalist to earn consecutive honors this year.
Ed Meckes’s 2011-2012 AP Music Theory class earned the highest
sub-scores, the highest
aural sub-scores, and the highest class average in the history of
the course at Warren Central.
The WC Gold Brigade Marching Band marched in the American Legion
Parade as part of the
American Legion's National Convention on Sunday, August 26th at 4:00
participation is by invitation only, and the convention brought
approximately 10,000 attendees.
On September 10th, Advanced Drama seniors presented their Senior
Drama Recitals, with
representatives from several Indiana universities in attendance. USI
offered 15 scholarships, 5
of which were full-rides. Butler and Ball State also offered several
scholarships, and University
of Indianapolis offered scholarships to several of our Tech Theatre
WC's Connection show choir went to Indiana State University in Terre
Haute to participate in
the MIC Choral Festival on October 1st. After taking part in a
clinic and rehearsals, they
performed in the MIC Choral Festival Concert, both individually and
as part of a massed choir
with students from seven MIC schools.
The WPAC was awarded the $1000 United States Institute of Theater
Safety Initiative Grant. This grant pays for a complete rigging
inspection and includes a 4
hour safety course for students/staff members of the WPAC.
Warren Central was chosen to host the two-day WGI Super Regional
February 23 and 24,
2013. This will be the largest WGI Regional in the country!
Warren Central’s production of The Wiz was a smashing success,
bringing in a record number
of patrons during its three-day run (11/8-11/10). In addition to
WC’s talented actors,
musicians, and techies, the show featured Munchkins from Warren
Warren Central hosted Sara Daneshpour, one of the top-ranked concert
pianists in the world!
Ms. Daneshpour is a finalist for the 2012 American Pianists
Association Classical Fellowship
Awards, and was at Warren Central for a week-long residency, which
included rehearsals with
the WC Symphony Orchestra, a recital for band, orchestra, and piano
students, and a featured
performance at our Pops Concert on November 29th.
Performing Arts students in all areas were given opportunities to
tour professional venues
(IRT, Clowe’s Hall, the Palladium) and interact with music and
theatre professionals including
Second City, Chucho Valdés, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of
Burundi, Sara Daneshpour,
Julian Bliss, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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High School Music Program Named
Signature Schools Finalist
GRAMMY Foundation has selected Warren Central High School’s
Music Department as a 2012 GRAMMY
Signature Schools Semi-Finalist for the eighth consecutive year.
As the GRAMMY Award signifies excellence in recording, the
GRAMMY Signature Schools program annually honors exceptional
public high school music programs across the country. Music
programs are awarded Signature School status based on the
following Benchmarks for Evaluation:
o Excellent instrumental and choral performance
o High quality instruction in multiple musical genres;
o High quality instruction available to all students in
performance courses (e.g. music
theory, electronic music, etc.);
o A variety of avenues to provide music education to a
segment of the student body.
Only four Indiana high schools made the cut, including Carmel,
Munster, and Springs Valley (French Lick). Nationwide, 129
public high school music programs were selected for this honor,
which is less than 0.5% of 26,407 public high schools in the
United States (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/hs/hsfacts.html).
Of those selected, 34% earned consecutive
Semi-Finalist titles this year, and Warren Central is the only
Indiana high school to do so. We are very proud of our
exceptional music programs, teachers, and students! All
Semi-Finalists must now submit recorded performance samples and
additional information about their school music program. GRAMMY
Signature School Award winners will be announced in March 2013.
For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, or to view a
complete list of 2013 Signature School Semi-Finalists, log on to
Warren Central’s Music Department full- and part-time teaching
staff includes JohnHilmer, Performing Arts Department Chair;
Randy Auble, David Brooks, Jeff Cleveland, Cheryl Davenport,
Grady Emmert, Ed Meckes, Ron Peckham, Dustin Podgorski, Sheila
Sermersheim, Matt Verplaetse, and Jill Wynalda.
Beginning Band & Orchestra - What to Expect
has developed a website targeted to parents whose children are
entering a beginner band program. A website to “coach” the parents
on what to expect from the experience, how important selecting their
first instrument will be, how to support and encourage their child
through this process, etc.
Many upgrades to the traditional site were made along with the
addition of a new section dedicated to parents of young musicians.
Parents - Please visit the site