Future Students

Welcome Future Stingray Band and Choir Members!


Dear Parents:

As a rising 6th grader, your child finally has the opportunity to do what so many successful students have done before them, Be Part of the Band and Choir!

We know that for many of you, this will be your first exposure to music education at the middle school level and I wanted to take a brief minute to share some information with you.

Attached to this letter is information regarding our program and an instrument selection event. This is a time where you and your child can explore the different instruments and get help choosing the instrument that will give them the most success and joy for years to come. If you are unable to attend, you can contact me for further help or visit the instrument demonstration pages at www.bepartofthemusic.org and our webpage NSBMSMusic.com

Music education is more than just playing an instrument or singing. It is immersing your child in a culture of successful students and teachers who care about education. It challenges each child to use the creative side of their brain while, at the same time, learning a foreign language…MUSIC.

All of the current data clearly states that students involved in music education academically out perform their non-musical counterparts. But more importantly, students who are involved in music during their secondary years (grades 5-12) are highly desirable candidates for music scholarships in college and usually receive substantial amounts of scholarship money. This includes non-music majors; your child can major in any field and still be eligible for scholarships.

Every destination starts with a decision to embark on a journey. Now is the time to start your child in music and New Smyrna Beach Middle School is the place to do it. We can’t promise that every child will be a musical prodigy, but we can promise they will learn, laugh, and grow along the way.

Should you have any questions about band, choir or your child’s participation, please feel free to contact me using the information listed below.


Jonathan Brodie

Director or Bands and Choirs

New Smyrna Beach Middle School


TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) 2018-2019 SAT scores by ensemble:

SAT Texas Average 1020

SAT National Average 1016

Texas All-State Musician Average 1308

Small School Mixed Choir 1235

Tenor Bass Choir 1250

Treble Choir 1253

Mixed Choir 1276

ATSSB 1221

Concert Band 1297

5A Symphonic Band 1319

Symphonic Band 1331

Jazz Ensemble II 1330

ATSSB Jazz 1293

Jazz Ensemble I 1256

Sinfonietta Orchestra 1405

Philharmonic Orchestra 1433

Symphony Orchestra 1446

FACT- Students who are enrolled in Band or Chorus from 6th-12th grade perform better on all standardized tests

Great Video Resources to help with your instrument Selection!

Visit Be a part of the Music for Great parent information about what Being In Band, Orchestra, and Chorus is all about!!

Helpful Documents to make your Instrument Selection Choices and PE Waivers so you can take more than 1 elective!

YES- You Don't have to take PE in Middle School, in fact most music student have never set foot in the gym. Simply complete this waiver with the office and select you electives.