Michael Brown, Band Director

Mr. Brown is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a degree in Music Education. He is a saxophone player who grew up in the Atlanta area participating in school bands, district and All-State bands, and community ensembles. He played professionally for a short time before he moved to a Fulton County teaching position.

Mr. Brown believes that through the study of the arts, students develop a variety of forms of intelligence and cognitive abilities that lead students down the path of discovery, self awareness, and talents that will influence the rest of their lives.

Why Music Education, from the Natl. Assoc. for Music Education

Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.
1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.

2A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.

4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.

8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.

10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.

11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.

12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.

13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.

14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.

15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.

16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.

17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.

18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.

19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.

About North Springs High School

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North Springs Admin Team

Mr. Hanson, Mrs. Ritchie, Mr. Rogers,

Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Jones, & Mr. Carter

North Springs High School is one of 17 high schools in the Fulton County School system and is located in the heart of the City of Sandy Springs. Built in 1963, we are one of the oldest schools in the system with a long tradition of excellence and innovation.


In 2013, we celebrated our 50th anniversary, and our commitment to preparing students for the world that awaits them is stronger than ever.  We are a school of higher learning where our focus is on student achievement for all students.


North Springs is both a comprehensive high school and the only dual magnet high school in Georgia, with two specialized magnet programs in math/sciences and visual/performing arts. In 2015-16, we became part of Fulton County Schools' system charter which did not exist when NSCHS paved the way as the first conversion charter high school in the school system seven years ago. 


We are accredited by the Georgia Department of Education and Advanced Ed. We are proud to have again been named a U.S. News & World Report Outstanding High School, included in The Washington Post's 2016 list of "America's Most Challenging High Schools", a listing of high schools with the most rigorous curriculum, and an AP Honor School for high student participation and the high number of passing scores on Advanced Placement exams.

We boast some amazing students, faculty and staff.

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