Welcome to the South Haven Public Schools Music program. By choosing to be in our program, you are an integral part of one of the finest music programs in the state of Michigan. South Haven Public Schools has, over the years, established a reputation of having a music program that represents a standard of excellence. These standards of pride, conduct and pursuit of excellence are recognized throughout the state.
Maintaining this respect and reputation is not an easy task, nor one to be taken lightly. Discipline, practice and hard work go hand in hand. Each individual is expected to give his or her very best in every way.
When a student makes the choice to enter the music program, both the student and the parents pledge full support and acceptance of the performance commitments and guidelines in this handbook. In return, we the directors, pledge to provide you with the best possible music program both musically and academically.
Jeff Bopp, Director of Bands
Sarah Bopp, Director of Bands
Jessica Fiedorowicz, Director of Orchestras
Katie Hillyard, Director of Vocal Music
Karah Hiscott, Director of Vocal Music
The mission of the South Haven Music Department is to implement an excellent, comprehensive music education program that promotes life-long learning and effectively meets the diverse needs, abilities and interests of all South Haven Public School students
The role of education is to prepare students to live positive, satisfying lives as productive members of society. Music is a universal language that plays a vital role in the development and enhancement of every civilization. Music is a basic, fundamental part of an effective, high-quality educational program and enhances life-long learning.
Music is important in and of itself. Music aptitude is one of the natural human intelligences and is a satisfying mode of experience and self-expression. it cultivates synthesis, reasoning, intuition, emotion, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression.
Music is used to achieve other purposes. The study of music provides insights into the human experience, past and present.
Participation in music develops the brain for higher levels of thinking, fosters creativity and problem-solving skills, thereby enhancing achievement in other disciplines. Positive self-esteem, collaborative spirit, self-discipline, motivation and perseverance are developed through participation in music. Music brings excitement and exhilaration to the learning process, motivating children to learn.
The study of music involves more than the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills. It gives one the ability to transcend the rudiments of all disciplines and find meaning in beauty and the expression of ideas and emotions.
The South Haven Music Department will be an exemplary, comprehensive program as measured by the highest state and national standards for public school music programs as a result of: