A Piano for Every Child May Sound Impossible, but in Some Schools It’s Happening

Benefits of Music Education: Why Music and the Brain Provides A Piano for Every Child

Music and the Brain installs 15 to 25 pianos and keyboards in labs in each participating school … Instead of just teaching musical notes to children, Music and the Brain stimulates kids to think, act on that thinking, and become inspired to produce their own sounds. Take the William Tell Overture. In some programs, students may learn to read music and then play the song. With Music and the Brain, students find where notes are repeated, discuss and describe the music and how it felt to them, and create a story to go with the music.

This is good…

“The schools in this country need to go back to where they were in the ’70s when they understood that music education was seminal to children,” Lercari says. “Five-year-olds have so many neurons flying in their brains that they need to use them. The benefit of music is that it makes things connect more easily. Kids are dying to learn and understand, not just music, but they want to grasp this world that they are in.”

… and this is great. Inspiring article on what sounds like a wonderful program.

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Punk Rockers Help Raise Money For Music Education

Punk Rockers Help Raise Money For Music Education At Chinatown Elementary School

“She started kindergarten this year and in the first week we got this letter and it said, ‘Can you help us raise $50,000 bucks to pay for our music program?’” … So Wong got his music fundraiser idea. “I love punk rock, and there are all these culture overlapping but they never really contact each other.”

Very cool. Fundraising opportunities are out there, you just have to find, or create, them.

Judy Guenseth: Music pays big dividends for kids

Judy Guenseth: Music pays big dividends for kids

Our community does a good job of providing opportunities to listen to great choral and instrumental music including providing free opportunities to students. Let’s do more in the area of promoting early childhood music experiences and finding affordable ways of providing early musical education for all children. It is an enrichment that plays big dividends. Hans Christian Anderson said it well, “Where words fail, music speaks.”

As far as legitimate reasons for getting kids involved in music go, Ms. Guenseth steps foot onto somewhat shaky ground. But I can’t argue with this conclusion.

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