A fantastic video of a talk by Benjamin Zander about the transformative power of classical music.
A great TED Ed video about how playing an instrument benefits your brain.
Lesson by Anita Collins, animation by Sharon Colman Graham.
As a musician, I am keenly aware of how important the music and the arts are to our culture. I’ve experienced the power of music first hand. For me, music has opened a doorway to a deeper understanding of our humanity. Music helps us feel, heal, understand others and be creative.
Central to experiencing music is music education in our schools.
“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.” – Yo-Yo Ma
One of the reasons we started InConcert was to support our local school music program. Please see the NAfME’s resource, “5 Ways to Support Your Music Program,” to learn how you can help support your local music program.
VH1 Save the Music Foundation is a huge supporter of music education in our schools, and is “committed to ensuring that music instruction is a core component to a complete education, giving children the tools and confidence to excel in academics and in life.”
In recent years, they’ve done an amazing job helping to revive dormant school music programs around the country. The foundation is “dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.”
They have also put together a helpful page on the importance of music education. Learn more at vh1savethemusic.org
Quotes are from vh1savethemusic.org