Benefits of Chorus

For The Love of Music

Why sing? How can my child benefit from Chorus?

SAT scores, health benefits, literacy, and physical health.

Research Based Facts

A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts. Johnson compares the concentration that music training requires to the focus needed to perform well on a standardized test.

H.M. Arndt Chorus

H.M. Arndt provides opportunities for singers in both 7th and 8th grade to be in a mixed group and perform 3 major concerts a year: Fall Informance, a Christmas Concert, and a Spring Concert.

Each student has the chance to learn music theory, play handbells, as well as improve music literacy by singing various repertoire.

Both 7th and 8th grade singers have multiple opportunities to participate in extracurricular music activities outside of the classroom such as: All-State, Honors Chorus, Wingate Honors Choir, and Ensemble.

Wingate Honors Choir

8 Students were selected for Wingate University's annual Honor Choir.

Building A Community

At H.M. Arndt students and parents are encouraged to make music not only in the classroom but in the community as well. H.M. Arndt had the opportunity to hear a small program performed by Wingate University while they were on Choir Tour in the state of NC.

Ms. Shook Bio

Ms. Shook was born and raised in Hickory, NC. She went through the Catawba County School system, including H.M. Arndt where she had her mother as her very own Chorus teacher.

Ms. Shook got her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Wingate University in 2012 and has been teaching ever since. Ms. Shook also works at St. Alban's Episcopalian Church in Hickory where she conducts the children's choir which ranges from ages K-6.

In her free time Ms. Shook enjoys making art, listening to music, cooking, reading, and traveling. She loves the color Turquoise, traveling to the mountains, trying new restaurants, and seeing live music shows.

Fun Fact: Ms. Shook took a mission trip with the Music Dept. from Wingate in 2011 to South Africa where she got to perform at Wits University with their choir as well as work in an orphanage. Her life is committed to reflecting the beauty and lessons she learned on that life changing trip.