RATIONALE FOR THE WIB FESTIVAL (continued)
Karen Ulmer, Music Education Director at Columbia Falls High School, in Columbia Falls, Montana, maintains that student involvement with music helps develop a student's ability to make value judgments, to function logically as well as intuitively, and to utilize one's innate creativity. Furthermore it is the belief of many educators that while few high school musicians make music a career, the mental discipline and thought processes required in the study of music are applicable to all fields of endeavor. For example, forty percent of the student body at Columbia Falls High School is enrolled in a school music program. The cumulative GPA for the students in Columbia Falls' pep band during the 2001-02 school year was 3.88 on the 4.0 scale. Music can and does make a difference in Montana's rural schools. Walking in Beauty, Inc. aims to strengthen those music programs.