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Be Part of the Band at LMHS!

Mr. Keeler has taught band in North Carolina for 17 years.  He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University.  Mr. Keeler taught 9 years at Manteo Middle and High Schools in Dare County.  He has since been the band director at Louisburg High School for the past 8 years.  Mr. Keeler has had several students make the North Carolina Bandmaster's Association All Districts Concert Bands, All-District Jazz Bands and All-State Concert Bands.  Some of  Mr. Keeler's former students have gone on to major and minor in music at universities across the state.  Of these students, some have become music educators and landed military band jobs. Mr. Keeler believes in an inclusive band enviroment that caters to each student's needs.  He believes in offering a variety of class settings and exposes the students to a variety of styles of music.  Mr. Keeler wants his students to respect different genres of music and music from different cultures, despite their individual tastes.  

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Be Part of the Music + Why You Should Stay in Band

For the past fifty years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been tracking how much Americans spend on their children, and the numbers are staggering. From birth to eighteen, the U.S.D.A. estimates that, for a child born in 2009, an “average family” will spend $241,452 raising that child.

No one can argue that the investment in your children represents a considerable sum that you would be wise to watch and protect.

You want to plan for success and to protect your greatest assets.

And that’s what music does. For young people, music…

  • keeps kids away from drugs and alcohol

  • keeps kids from being bullied

  • keeps kids in a safe space

  • helps kids find academic success

But more than that, music also means:

  • more laughter

  • more friends

  • more memories

  • more meaningful experiences

  • more influential adults in their lives

In short, music represents your best hopes for them!

Getting older means worrying about the future — especially your biggest investments. Since your child is in music, that investment is only going to grow!

Be Part of The Music at LHS

It's hard to believe, but it’s time to begin selecting courses for the next school year, and I want to make sure that music continues to be a part of your child's school day! I know that there are many choices that you make for your child that impact their future growth and development, and often parents wonder just what is best. As you make the decision, please keep the following in mind:

Study after study has shown that music learning has tremendous benefits on the minds of our young people. In fact, we have yet to find a problem, academic or otherwise, that music doesn’t have a positive impact upon. If you'd like more information on this, click here.

Your child is still very much in the developmental stages of learning their instrument. It's only through continued effort and the process of doing something challenging over a long period of time that students reap the rewards of music study. And through long term participation, we begin to see their passion, interest, and desire grow. Being part of music helps students develop grit and creativity while being actively involved in a learning process that brings people together, teaches cooperation, demands attention to detail, and is just plain rewarding!

Finally, many elective courses that we offer can be studied at a later date, when there is more flexibility in the school scheduling process. However, music is a sequential curriculum. Sadly, children who stop studying an instrument rarely come back to it at a later date because they fall too far behind their peers.

In short, your child is just starting to get good. You will never know the impact studying music can have on a young person if they give up on it just as the effects are beginning to take hold.

Nothing would please me more than having your child continue in music next year. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or if there’s anything you'd like to discuss.

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