LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - PRP Sophomore Makena Hodge is practicing her clarinet with the Butler High School band. Like thousands of students, she learned how to play the instrument in school starting in 5th grade.

Debbie Burnell teaches high school band at PRP and at three elementary schools.

"It's been scientifically proven that students who are involved in music - that learn how to read music or play an instrument - score higher on ACT, SAT tests," says Burnell.

Burnell has three tips for parents if their child is interested in band or orchestra.

1. Contact the band or orchestra director so they can help your child select an instrument.

2. Get familiar with the instruments

3. Try the instruments!

"Most of the band directors here in Jefferson County do. We let the kids try every instrument, and then they decide what feels best for them," says Burnell.

Burnell reminds parents that once children start something new, it's important to encourage them.

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