we believe that music is basic to the human experience and an integral part of a complete education. all students, regardless of ability, should have an opportunity to participate in music and develop their individual talents. by balancing skill acquisition with artistic expression, we strive to help each student maximize his or her musical potential. students’ involvement in music making fosters life skills such as leadership ability, self-discipline, problem solving, cooperation and community building. the ultimate goal of the mounds park academy music department is to cultivate within our students a lifelong appreciation and commitment to music.