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competitive performances drive excellence and build valuable life skills rom “Dancing with the Stars” to “American Idol,” performance competition is gaining mainstream recognition and is hotter than ever. And while most instrumental groups aren’t battling it out on national television, there are many benefits for students to take their performances into a competitive arena. Competition pushes students to work harder, achieve more and bring their “A game” to the stage. Only by seeing what other groups are doing can they understand the challenges they need to overcome in their quest to be the best. One way that students can gain this valuable competitive experience is by attending music festivals that bring together ensembles from around the country. “Clearly there are many organizations that make festivals a part of their annual calendar,” says Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. “The benefits of participation go far beyond the performance stage. From the time the decision is made to venture out of the academic setting there is the opportunity to have a lab situation that mirrors many of life’s responsibilities. From the importance of personal self-discipline to the need for cooperative decision making, the character skills garnered via the experience helps develop a positive blueprint relevant to success in every aspect of life.” Competition is defined as “to strive in common,” and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser believes the act of competing brings people together and builds a genuine respect of their common investments of time, effort and energy. “When students understand the value of cooperation as it relates to synergistic rewards, the sense of community is strengthened,” says Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. F “The benefits of [competition] go far beyond the performance stage ... From the importance of personal self-discipline to the need for cooperative decision making, the character skills garnered via the experience helps develop a positive blueprint relevant to success in every aspect of life.” -Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Through Festival Disney, an all-Disney produced music competition, ensembles are challenged to achieve performance excellence by going head-to-head against groups from schools across the nation. While directors can also choose non-competitive options for their performance ensembles, both options offer an informative adjudication process that is sure to light the competitive flame. Students from Ellsworth High School in Maine have been attending Festival Disney for three years now, and show choir director Rebecca Wright says the results from this event have been astounding, stating “Since we started coming to these festivals we’ve totally improved the level that [the students] strive to achieve and the excellence that they want to have. We’ve won six state titles and actually placed first in two national festivals as a result of just coming and seeing what’s out there and what’s happening all over the country.” 16 | N extra credit

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2012

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2012
Contents
Welcome
Events Corner
Career Spotlight
Center Stage
Disney Parks News
Disney Performing Arts Alumni
Competitive Performances
Start Spreading The News
The King Of All Surprises
It's Showtime
Real-World Education
Benefits Of Student Travel
Travel Planner Honors
Music With A Cause
Mickey's Mind Teasers

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