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Article Addressing Public School Music Programs

I know most of you that play the accordion – might not have had the experience of participating in any kind of public school or church music program like choir, band, orchestra, praise team, etc – but there are some PROFOUND remarks made in this article that AWOKE “passions” in me that I had no IDEA were there.

Please read a few excerpts – and decide if you would like to read more – here are the highlights that SO MOVED ME!!! AND has even changed my “dialog” when I speak to the parents of a prospective new accordion student.

EXCERPTS:

  • Music is universal. It’s a gabillion dollar industry, and it is omnipresent. How many hours in a row do you ever go without listening to music? Everywhere you go, everything you watch– music. Always music. We are surrounded in it, bathe in it, soak in it. Why would we not want to know more about something constantly present in our lives? Would you want to live in a world without music?
  • Listening to music is profoundly human. It lets us touch and understand some of our most complicated feelings. It helps us know who we are, what we want, how to be ourselves in the world. And because we live in an age of vast musical riches from both past and present, we all have access to exactly the music that suits our personality and mood. Music makes the fingers we can use to reach into our own hearts.
  • Making music is even more so. With all that music can do just for us as listeners, why would we not want to unlock the secrets of expressing ourselves through it? We human beings are driven to make music as surely as we are driven to speak, to touch, to come closer to other humans.
  • Music connects us to other humans in amazing ways. It is both indescribable and enormously compelling to see the many ways in which humans making music come together and connect to each other. You are a part of something– something bigger than yourself and more than the sum of the parts. I can’t think of any other school subject that so completely fosters cooperation, collaboration, and connection between students. Students learn to help and mentor each other, support each other, lift each other up, and come together into something glorious and way, way cool.

Link to entire articlehttp://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/06/stop-defending-music.html

Would you want to live in a world without music?

That is the question I will leave you with. If there is NO MUSIC – Would you create it yourself?

  • If your music blesses and nourishes you – Fantastic – GOAL IS REACHED.
  • If your music blesses and nourishes others – God SMILES!

My father – just a year before he passed away at 82 – told me sincerely, “If I had only known you were going to do so much with your music – I would have spent every dime I had – to insure you had the best instruments, best instruction, and best opportunities. But your Mother and My goals were to give you the experience and the pleasure that music brings into your life – that travels with you until the grave. AND I CAN SEE THAT PLEASURE IN YOU NOW! WOW – how profound. And you have to understand – this is coming from a man that NEVER COMPLIMENTED!

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