Imagine your life without music. Really, without music. No radio, none of your favorite songs playing at your command, no iPod, no soundtracks to movies or TV shows, no nothing.
Can you do it?
I’ve participated in music programs for as long as I can remember. In 4th grade I started singing at church and in choir, and as I progressed to high school I went on to participate in Choir, Liturgical Ensemble, Madrigals, Musical Theater and even become Captain and Band President of my high school marching band. Music, very quickly, became not only something that I participated in regularly, but it was defining who I was, who I’ve become, and who I will become.
Music programs are being cut from school budgets across the country, leaving children no opportunity to have the experiences like I’ve had, and like I’m sure many of you have had. Budgets are being cut, or completely taken away, leaving children with nothing to hold on to.
More importantly, music provides an outlet for children. It allows creativity and ways of thinking that other educational programs do not promote. It provides excitement throughout the long school days, and something to look forward to between all of the structured class time. Not to mention, that time and time again it has been proven that children who participate in music education outshine and better perform on standardized testing than the children who did not have the advantage to.
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On October 22nd, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation hosted “Family Day” at The Anderson School on the upper west side of Manhattan. I spent all summer and some time after helping plan this event, brainstorm activities, spread the word via social media, pitching to advertisers, and so much more. So, needless to say, I was pretty stoked for the event the day of. And even though I couldn’t have felt more prepared, or excited, or ready for the event to happy already, I’m not sure anything could have prepared me for the day that was “Family Day.”
I landed in New York on Thursday afternoon, and just 24 hours later I was on the LIRR on my way to Penn Station. From there, I would walk to the VH1 STM offices in Times Square. It was a whirlwind once those wheels stopped moving, let me tell you…. Continue reading →
Yesterday morning I had the pleasure to attend an event at Norman Binkley Elementary school with VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Energizer and country singer Jimmy Wayne. This event was part of VH1 Save The Music and Energizer’s “Positive Energy” campaign, where the two partnered together to give musical instruments to select schools throughout the nation. Now, if you know anything about the Save The Music Foundation, then you know that this is their mission and goal, that they are an “organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.” (STM.com).
Now, as you might know, I had the privileged to intern with STM this summer in Manhattan. In my “About” section, I go-on about this probably a bit more than I should. But, it’s with good reason. It was truly life changing and eye-opening for me. It not only opened doors and windows and all these other outlets for me, and showed me ways I could use what I was learning in the class room, or how happy I could be with a future profession, but I was also working for something I felt passionate about — music education…
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