It allows students of any background to participate and take their performing to the highest levels of musicianship. “Opportunity for everyone” has been the philosophical backbone of MAX since its inception.
Music at Xaverian had very humble beginnings. It started in 1994 with 24 student musicians and one performing group. Now it boasts a student body of 800+ students with 24 different performing ensembles. The groups range from the youngest performers to groups who play some of the most challenging repertoire in each ensemble.
Music at Xaverian develops skills such as discipline, listening, cooperation, commitment, leadership, dedication, and perseverance in a structured approach that will challenge students to reach their highest potential. Students obtain knowledge that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives in whatever careers they may choose. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education using data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. Students who have participated in the Music Program have typically been at the top of their class academically. In fact, many of the students involved in the MAX program have received music scholarships to the colleges of their choice, even though they may not be studying music full time. There is also a strong correlation between a student’s involvement in music education and strong standardized test scores.