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Music education guides a student’s quest for creative self-expression in a low-stress setting. Studies have shown that music education can even benefit children academically by aiding in the development of higher learning skills, such as analysis. Children who receive music education typically demonstrate accelerated language development, improved test scores, and enhanced spatial-temporal skills.
Watch this video to hear more about the many benefits of music education. These music teachers discuss the benefits to a student’s personal growth and academic achievements.
At Orinda Academy, we encourage students at our prep school to become involved with a wide range of creative experiences through classes in guitar, stage band, and digital music production. To learn whether your child might be a good fit for our private college prep school, call our East Bay campus at (925) 357-9719.
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Studies have shown that parental involvement in schools is a critical component of a successful education that empowers students to reach their full potential, adapt to the school environment, and go on to postsecondary education. At Orinda Academy, our parent group encourages parents to work closely with teachers, other parents, and students to create a positive, successful academic atmosphere. When you enroll your child at our college prep school, we hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to become involved with our school community.
Each year, our school hosts a Spring Family Barbeque to allow parents to connect with teachers and with other parents. We also host two Staff Appreciation Luncheons each year to honor our outstanding faculty members. Parents also help with community events such as the annual Crab Feed. To further our educational initiatives, our parent group participates in a college workshop and hosts numerous educational speakers.
For more information about our parent group activities, call Orinda Academy at (925) 357-9719. Our private college prep school in East Bay offers a nurturing academic atmosphere with personalized instruction to fit each child’s unique learning style.
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Orinda Academy offers a challenging college prep curriculum that includes electives in the arts. Your student can flourish with theoretical and practical music instruction in classes such as guitar, digital music production, contemporary music history, and stage band. Our private prep school believes in providing a well-rounded curriculum to help students reach their full academic and personal potential. When your student enrolls in one of our music education classes, he or she can enjoy the following benefits.
The brain isn’t a static organ. It’s capable of continually forming new neural connections with exposure to external stimuli, such as music education. Studies have shown that music education lends itself to improved cognitive development. Students participating in a music education class at their college prep school are working a greater portion of their brains, which extends the neural networks in the areas of the brain responsible for fine motor skills, sound discrimination, and language processing.
The educators at Orinda Academy have extensive experience in working with students who have learning differences. For a child with learning differences, music education is a particularly dynamic vehicle for learning. Learning differences can sometimes create difficulties with concentration and focus, particularly in an environment with background noise. By strengthening neural processes, music education can improve a student’s ability to concentrate.
Music education lends itself directly and indirectly to improved academic performance. Students who experience a positive college prep environment characterized by creativity and a love of learning are more likely to adapt themselves to this school culture and improve academically. Furthermore, according to PBS, a 2007 study showed that students enrolled in high-quality music education classes scored 20 percent higher on math tests and 22 percent higher on English tests.
At Orinda Academy, it’s our mission to provide personalized instruction designed for each student’s unique needs. Our private school offers a college prep curriculum that meets the requirements of the University of California and many other universities. Experience our unique prep school community first-hand; call (925) 357-9719 to arrange a visit to our East Bay campus.
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Please join us for this fun-filled Community Event!
March 1st, 2014, 6:30pm
Bring your adult family and friends to enjoy crab, pasta, casear salad & garlic bread! Host Bar too! Enjoy Live Music Performed By Our Orinda Academy Bands!
New this year..purchase a Karaoke Song
Take Your Chances & Win Some Fun & Fabulous Raffle Prizes!
Bid on the Dessert Auction and Enjoy!
Adult Only Event! California Casual Attire!
$50 per person for a general admission ticket, price includes Host Bar
Sponsor a Teacher for $50 by purchasing a Teacher Ticket.
6:30-7:30 Cocktail Hour & Chances to Win
7:30-8:30 Dinner & More Chances to Win
8:30-9:00 Dessert Dash Auction
9:00-9:30 Announce Winners & Collect Your Winnings
Location: Masonic Hall, 9 Altarinda Road Orinda
(a few buildings below OA)
RSVP by Monday, February 24, 2014.
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College prep schools often encourage students to join school clubs and other extracurricular activities. Clubs are available for practically every type of interest. Students can write for the prep school’s student newspaper, organize school events on the student council, or participate in a wide range of academic and special interest clubs. After you enroll your child in a college prep school, encourage him or her to explore extracurricular opportunities.
Productive Leisure Time
School clubs provide students with opportunities to use their time outside of class wisely. At Orinda Academy, we provide time on Fridays for clubs to meet after lunch. Participating in school clubs, such as a sports and recreation club, is a more productive and healthier way to spend leisure time as compared to watching TV.
School clubs help students at prep schools develop their social skills. They fine-tune their interactions with their peers and with faculty members, and they have the opportunity to connect with other students who share similar interests. These interactions may form the basis for enduring friendships.
School clubs give students an opportunity to hone their skills and learn some new ones. For example, students who work on a school newspaper learn how to write in an engaging manner and they can experience the thrill of seeing their byline in print.
College Application Development
College admissions representatives look for a number of traits in prospective students. In addition to looking for students with strong grades who participated in a challenging college prep curriculum, admissions representatives select students who demonstrate productivity outside the classroom. Students who include school clubs and similar activities on their application packages have a better chance of getting into their preferred college or university.
Students at Orinda Academy, a college prep school, can choose from a wide array of clubs, including our Cooking, Anime, Chess, Film, Girl's Group, Homework, Community Service, and Rock Band clubs. Every club meeting is facilitated closely by our teachers and staff. Our prep school also encourages students to pursue their passions by creating their own clubs. Families in the East Bay area can learn more about our private school by calling (925) 357-9719.