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"The Power of Music"

The Holiday Tea and Concert at the Middle School prior to the winter break had a powerful effect on those involved. Many members of the audience remarked to me on the way out that they were so impressed and moved to embrace the “holiday spirit.” One grandfather told me that it was a “life-changing experience” for his granddaughter, a sixth grader who had never played an instrument before September. I have always believed in “the power of music,” as I know how it affected my growth and development as the youngest of five children in a musical family.

Joann Lipman wrote an article using the title above, the full content of which can be read via the link below. She makes the point that many famous people were accomplished musicians before becoming successful in other fields. One example was former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, who is an accomplished concert pianist. She also makes the point that the phenomenon goes beyond what is called the “math-music association.” It seems to have a positive effect on creative thinking, the ability to listen, and certainly learning to work with others. This quote seemed particularly pertinent to school children: “Ensemble playing trains you, quite literally, to play well with others, to know when to solo and when to follow.”

That is a trait that is difficult to teach, unless a student experiences the power of doing his or her small part to create something wonderful, which the Holiday Tea and Concert truly was!

Happy New Year to each of you!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

 

 

Posted by pvolker on Monday January, 5, 2015

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