We find that a lot of people that come to us for solutions on staging equipment work in small spaces. What we mean by small spaces are that they're music directors for a small - medium sized, specific group of people. They lead a choir, band, or other performance group. They may not be conducting a big orchestra with fame and fortune, but they believe in that group of 4th and 5th graders that want to learn all the words to their new choir song.
These small groups make an impact on their community, teachers, directors, congregations, and leaders. They are diligent in their craft and enjoy using their skills and talents to encourage others. The arts and music areas aren't spotlighted enough for their value, because sometimes it's not obviously linked to a monetary value.
However, we found these differences to your small spaces can have a monetary value through finding the right statistics and research:
- Music Students Test Better: "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 (Johnson)." This means that music programs can help increase learning across all subject areas. A strong music program helps the whole school. You can find more statistics here.
Johnson, C. M. & Memmott, J. E. (2007). Examination of relationships between participation in school music programs of differing quality and standardized test results. Journal of Research in Music Education, 54(4), 293-307.
- Corporate Singing Elevates Our Mood: Completing a task together, with a group of people beside you with various talents and abilities, creates a bonding experience that unifies them as one. Worship settings know this all too well. "Through music, we can build community. In a choral setting, not only are we creating friendships with each other, but the audience can see, between the Dallas Street Choir and Credo, people in different socio-economic groups, skin colors, sexual orientations and religious affiliation." -Christopher Fenoglio (Read more on his article here.)
- Increased Mental Health: Mental health is an ever-present term in our society today. We see through various studies, celebrity deaths in the news by suicide, and bullying in schools how harmful these effects can be. These cases need to be treated by highly trained professionals and we encourage you to seek them out if there's ever a case in your community. But singing in a choir can decrease your stress and anxiety levels for a welcomed boost to your mood. "One study lasting for a year involving participants who had been diagnosed with depression found that some of them no longer met that diagnosis following their involvement with a choir." - Jordan Smith .(Read more on this article here.)
We hope these values encourage you as you direct these small spaces. We think that funding for your music department is important to help improve not just the members of your groups, but for the well being of the community around you. We know that budgets can be strained to provide the right equipment for your performances, but we'd at least like to provide you with a quote so you have a starting point. Knowing the realities of purchasing staging equipment that will last years in the future is an important step to securing future rehearsals and performances.