Why Choose the Phoenix Boys Choir?

 

World Geography, Cultural Education, History and Language


Graduates will have learned to read music and sing in many foreign languages, including Latin, Hebrew, Russian, Chinese, German, to name a few. While learning these different languages, boys are also taught the customs and history of the regions and history of the composition. This education is further enhanced by the immersion into the culture while on tour to various regions of the world each year. The Tour Choir has toured throughout Europe, Canada, Japan and across the United States, visiting the White House and performing at Carnegie Hall. 

"The demands placed on me (singing in five centuries of music in nine languages from memory with strict deadlines) gave me a unique perspective on relying on myself and those around me."

- Sterling Beeaff - Music Director for KBAQ-FM (89.5)

  PBC Member from 1962-1970


PBC Artistic Staff Brings In-Depth Musical Education Experience


Our Artistic Staff together boasts more than 150 years of music education experience that is applied to teach our boys. Each member of our Artistic Staff has the education and experience to give each boy a top-notch musical education and all the skills necessary to be a professional performer on the stage and in life. 
 

"I am currently a flute performance major at ASU. The director of the Phoenix Boys Choir, Georg Stangelberger, had a lot to do with my decision to pursue music in college. He gave me such an appreciation of music in general, not just for singing. He also taught me that natural talent is only a small part of a good musician, it is the hard work and practice that is most important."

- Kevin

  PBC Member from 2000-2002

 

Alumni Go On To Do Great Things


The Alumni of the Phoenix Boys Choir go on to do great things in life. Many of our graduates continue in the field of music, performing arts and musical education. Several have attended Ivy League schools. Many of our Alumni have returned as members of our Artistic Staff, volunteers and chaperones. 

"... The Phoenix Boys Choir has helped mold me musically into who I am today, someone who appreciates all music and song, also different cultures and what they add to music, and someone who appreciates and enjoys the arts- plays, musicals, art, orchestras, concerts, etc. The choir has taught me how to be responsible, disciplined with my time, and has helped me grow socially too. I have had to sacrifice other things, at times, for the choir, but through doing so I have accomplished personal goals that I have set. I am truly thankful for the wonderful opportunity I have to be a part of such an organization."

- David

  PBC Member from 1997-1999

 

Life Skills Taught Through the Vehicle of Choir


Our program not only teaches reading music and sight-singing but we also teach foreign language texts and part-singing. These skills teach:


                                - Teamwork
                                - Self-Management
                                - Professional Stage Presence
                                - Social Etiquette


These skills are essential to leaders and successful individuals for life.

"I can take everything I learned from the choir and use it for the rest of my life. It's not just a one-time activity. It's there to stay."

- Chris

  PBC Member from 2001-2009


It's Fun! 


Our curriculum makes the process of learning music fun. Boys come to rehearsal excited! Parents are included as well. There is a large sense of community among the families, with picnics and pot lucks, the whole family will enjoy their time with us. 

"The demands placed on me (singing in five centuries of music in nine languages from memory with strict deadlines) gave me a unique perspective on relying on myself and those around me."

- Sterling Beeaff - Music Director for KBAQ-FM (89.5)

  PBC Member from 1962-1970


Building Self-Confidence


Our curriculum focuses on the basic skills needed to create strong, confident young men. When a boy begins the program in the Training Choir, they learn good posture, performance poise and etiquette. As they progress to the Cadet Choir, Town Choir and they develop a more polished stage presence and professional performance skills. 

"[After being in the choir] I feel more confident now, and consider myself more outgoing. It has enabled me to join clubs, and not be afraid to take on leadership roles. For me, this has been an experience of a lifetime. It has been worth every second of all the hard work that I've put into it, even if I didn't recognize it at the time. I will always feel blessed and grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful choir."

- Brett

  PBC Member from 2001-2006


Lifetime Experiences and Friendships


During the time a boy spends in the Phoenix Boys Choir they form strong friendships with the other boys in the program. Those friendships last a lifetime. These friendships grow during rehearsal, performances and while on tour. 

"I have made many friends and am part of a fraternity of brothers, 40 strong. We will always be there for each other. We have traveled, performed and laughed our way across Europe. We have celebrated victories and cried as we sang at the funeral of a choir mate's grandfather. We have grown up together, learning to blend our voices into the most beautiful music. We have shared a lifetime of memories. What more could an only child ask for?"

- Dakota

  PBC Member from 2001-2009

How the Choir Enriches Overall Education

  • Students who study music performance score 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math on the SAT than non-music students.   (Source: The College Entrance Examination Board).

  • Students who report consistent, high-level involvement in music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.   (Source: Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning)

  • Music training improves scores in spatial-temporal reasoning used in higher levels of science and math. (Source: Keeping Mozart in Mind)

  • Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.   (Source: Journal of Research in Music Education)

  • A correlation exists between the amount of music training and the amount of improvement in reading fluency in children.   (Source: Learning, Arts and the Brain)

  • Music activities engage both the left and right hemisphere of the brain. In fact, studying music involves more right- and left-brain functions than any other activity measured.   (Source: Good Music, Brighter Children)

 

Music can shape the lives of youth by readying students for learning by helping to develop their basic mental skills and capacities including fostering superior working memory and cultivates better thinking skills. 

Students who participate in musical education also see higher academic achievement, particularly:
• Improves recall and retention of verbal information.
• Advances math achievement. 
• Boosts reading and English language arts and,
• Increases average SAT scores

Musical education also develops the creative capacities for lifelong success by:
• Sharpening student attentiveness
• Strengthens perseverance
• Develop originality and flexibility, components of creativity and innovation
• Supports better study habits and self-esteem

Learn more about how music education helps students learn, achieve and succeed in Music Matters by the Arts Education Partnership.

Thousands of scientific and academic studies have shown that music education improves academic achievement, builds communication skills, fosters creativity, develops teamwork and increases engagement in school.


Quick Facts:

Music improves IQ. A 2004 study by E. Glenn Schellenberg, a University of Toronto psychology professor, assessed the impact music has on IQ scores. He randomly assigned 132 first-graders to keyboard, singing or drama lessons, or no lessons at all. The IQ scores of the music students increased more than those of the other groups. Check out this Wall Street Journal article that discusses this and other benefits of musical education Music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence

Students who studied music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT than students with no arts participation. Students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math. (Source: The College Entrance Examination Board).

Musicians have structurally and functionally different brains compared with non-musicians. In particular, the areas of the brain used to process music are larger or more active in musicians. Even just starting to learn a musical instrument changes the neurophysiology of the brain. (Source: Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute)

Students who report consistent, high-level involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. (Source: Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning)

Music training improves scores in spatial-temporal reasoning used in higher levels of science and math. (Source: Keeping Mozart in Mind)

Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district. (Source: Journal of Research in Music Education)

A correlation exists between the amount of music training and the amount of improvement in reading fluency in children. (Source: Learning, Arts and the Brain)

Music activities engage both the left and right hemisphere of the brain. In fact, studying music involves more right- and left-brain functions than any other activity measured. (Source: Good Music, Brighter Children)

For more information on why schools need music education, please download The Benefits of the Study of Music published by The National Association for Music Education. 

Other reads:
"Is Music the Key to Success?" by the New York Times

The Benefits of Musical Education: The Benefits to the Brain Cognitive Development by VH1 Save the Music Foundation

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science TIME Magazine

Should everyone be required to learn a musical instrument?

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