"Having music in education to me means teaching our students how to be twenty-first century learners. They're having the opportunity to think outside of the box. They're learning how to work under pressure. How to be going in ten different directions at one time and still have to keep their cool, "says Kyle Weary of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
This year the Hagerstown Community College opened it's newly developed Kepler Theater presenting many educational performances. Most recently, the Hub Opera Ensemble wowed nearly 400 kids with a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute."
At the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students study, practice and rehearse. Inside the school, music is everywhere in the hall ways, practice rooms, and computer labs.
"Regardless of what instrument it is it helps me to relax when I'm thinking hey it was a bad day but it's better now, "says student Gabriel Hall of BISFA.
Besides helping students to relax, educators say learning music is beneficial in other ways.
"Because performing music is so personal they're able to show off parts of their personality that they might not be able to show off in other areas like in their academic or personal life," says Weary.
Students at BISFA say music is such an important part of their lives, that they can't imagine education with it.
"Without music in my life it would be harder with stress and school work. I wouldn't have a medium to be able to deal with stress it would be a huge chunk of me that would be gone," says Hall.
Officials at BISFA say their students are at the top level in academic success county wide.
"It's a wonderful program. I wouldn't be the person I am today with out it, says Hall.