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What Is Better? CHOIR!! BAND!!!!!

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Hannah Helzerman

on 13 May 2015

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Transcript of What Is Better? CHOIR!! BAND!!!!!

The Ultimate Debate:
Band vs Choir

Choir is better because more people participate in it. According to a study done by Chorus America, "Choral singing continues to be the most popular form of participation in the performing arts." This quote shows that choir is better because it has the most participation than any other music group.
One aspect that has to do with band being the better option is seeing which side has the most participation. "...in a high school of 500 students, 330 participated in music classes, 40% of which band versus 20% in choir." This quote supports the idea that students are more interested in band than choir.

"Of the 6,800 entries for the UIL, 850 were marching bands; 3,200 were concert bands; and 2,750 were choirs, illustrating that there are more interested in band than choir." This quote also supports the idea that student are more interested in joining because there is more variety/opportunities in band than in choir.
University World News. "US: Academic Benefits of Choral Singing - University World News." RSS. N.p., 07 June 2009. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.

"Pop Choral Arrangements | Sheet Music at JW Pepper." Pop Choral Arrangements | Sheet Music at JW Pepper. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2015

Chorus America. "How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses." N.p., 2009. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.
Academic Benefits
Another reason why choir is better is because it has many academic benefits for kids. In a article published by University World News it stated, "45% of parents whose children sang, said their child received ' all or mostly As' in mathematics and 54% received 'all or mostly As in English and other language classes." This quote shows that Choir does in fact improve academics.
Academic Achievement
Band has also improved academic achievement. "Students who had played a band instrument for two years or more scored 10 percentile points higher in reading and 12 percentile points higher in language than did their non-band peers." This quote demonstrates that being in band for a certain amount of time can improve your academic capability.

"Band students score and average of 62 points higher on SAT tests." This quote indicates that being in band improves your academics by an abundant amount.
In the music department, there are lots of opportunities to take. Such as: band or choir, etc. There have been multiple debates on this subject, however band is the better option. Many reasons why this is true is because there are more people in band than choir, it improves academics, and it costs less.
Another way participation shows choir is better is when asked by our choir teacher Mr.Holovach, there were "48 5th graders who want to do choir in 6th grade for and entire year and 24 who want to do it for half a year."
In another study done also by Chorus America "61% of parents say their child's academic performance overall improved after he or she became a member of a choir." That quote also supports the idea that choir improves academics.
Linnea. "Band Geeks Overpower Choir Nerds." LUTE Times. Linnea Anderson, 01 Nov. 2011. Web. 28 Mar. 2015
"Band Statistics." Band Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2015.
Mr. Jacobs- Mt. Morris High School and Middle School Band Teacher

Mr. Holovach- Mt.Morris High school and Middle school Choir Teacher
According to the website JW Pepper, a piece of music cost anywhere from "$1.95-$2.95".

In the Mt.Morris Middle school choir there are "36 students, but I always round the number of copies up to 40." (Data from Mr. Holovach)
So it cost the school $78-$118 to buy enough copies of one song for everyone.

Also in an email from Mr. Holovach he said,
"We do buy copies of music but sometimes we borrow from other schools." which also lowers the cost.
In choir you also don't have to rent or buy an
instrument which you do have to do in most bands.
In conclusion, Choir is better than band because it has higher participation levels. It also has better academics in math and reading. Finally some of the music cost less and you don't have to spend money on renting or buying an instrument.
There are many ways to create music. There are instruments you can play or you can singing and while they are both great, choir is better. Looking at participation, academic benefits, and cost, choir stands out on top when compared to band.
As I asked my band teacher, Mr. Jacobs, if he had to buy a copy of music for every single person, he responded with "I would have to just buy one copy. Each copy comes with all the parts you need for all the instruments and you can photocopy as long as you don't sell photocopies." This quote is explaining that the school does not have to pay for every single copy for every single person, which limits the cost.

Combining both of the bands in the Mt. Morris Middle School, there are exactly 50 students. In the high school there are 41 students. "A middle school arrangement costs anywhere between $25 and $100, and a high school arrangement costs anywhere between $45 and $150." The quote is specifying that for whole classes, cost varies.

To conclude, band is the better option because it has more participation, which executes the idea that it's more popular. Also, it improves academics abundantly. Lastly, it costs less in band because copies for music for the whole class costs less than in choir.
By: Marilyn Williams
and Hannah Helzerman
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