The Music Department sees its mission as an integral part of a well-rounded, school-wide curriculum. We continue the tradition of presenting a diversity of culture and beliefs in the curriculum that encourages students to respect the heritage and beliefs of others as well as their own. We endeavor to give the students a set of values for discrimination in the area of music and the knowledge necessary to combine mastery of basic skills with opportunities to make creative use of this knowledge in musical performance. The music department feels that the concepts taught in its subject area help to prepare studentsto be well adjusted members of society. We provide them with the means to transform their life experiences symbolically, a basic human need, and we help them to gain aesthetic sensitivity, the source of man's highest satisfaction in life.