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MLA Records join Walker Caine Music in community service project

MLA Records and Walker Caine Music have joined together under MLA Music in cooperation with the efforts of the American Music Conference, ASCAP, SupportMusic.com and the National Association for Music Education to start a long-term community service project during this National Music in Our Schools Month.

"As an individual and as a band, recording Artist Walker Caine has been always been a big advocate for music education. Hopefully MLA will be able to provide more resources to his efforts" stated a company spokesperson.

"There are dozens of examples that puts Walker Caine in this, but you really need only to look at the now to get an idea of his involvement with youth and music. He has a High School Orchestra student in his band lineup and intends to feature a singer from a school Choir on an upcoming release. He shows off talented kids whenever he can and he’s had has nothing but good to say about the School Instructors he's met and worked with.

So, with March being National Music in Our Schools Month, we thought it an excellent time to commit to this project.

Here are a few facts we found at SupportMusic.com that signify why we think this is an important project:

'Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs).' — Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998

“The term ‘core academic subjects’ means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.” — No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 (11)

A study of 237 second grade children used piano keyboard training and newly designed math software to demonstrate improvement in math skills. The group scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children that used only the math software. — Graziano, Amy, Matthew Peterson, and Gordon Shaw, "Enhanced learning of proportional math through music training and spatial-temporal training." Neurological Research 21 (March 1999).

Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: 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, than did students with no arts participation. — College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.

“The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.” — Ratey John J., MD. A User’s Guide to the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.

Naturally, after seeing these - and more - we knew Walker was onto something... it's no wonder he's into it.

It's too early to say exactly what involvement MLA Records will take or where this will lead us, but it's without a doubt a worthwhile program and we are definitely in it with a long-term commitment. Knowing it will be far reaching with time, we though it would be a good idea to put everything into MLA Music as a working center point. I just hope we can afford to do everything we would like to do.

We enthusiastically invite more friends and Artists, both locally and nationally, to join Walker and MLA in this project. Many school districts are attempting to cut funding and the Arts is one area of education that should never be ignored."

People wishing to join our efforts can contact us via:

MLA Music

P.O. Box 13004

Tempe, AZ 85284

Resource Links:

http://www.supportmusic.com
http://www.menc.org
http://www.amc-music.com
http://www.mlarecords.com
http://www.walkercaine.com

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