As I was reading my Frost School of Music Alumni Magazine I came across an interesting article titled Bandwidth. The article discusses music ensemble participation in schools. I personally agree that participation in music programs and basic music instruction is vital in school, but not all children are able to receive this benefit.
Some of the lack of music instruction could be due to the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 which occasionally diverts arts funding for more standardized testing in reading and math. Other factors also play into this such as: socio-economic status, ethnicity, native language, and parents’ education. The class I have been teaching on a volunteer basis at Canoas Elementary in San Jose evidences this. Through Music for Minors volunteer music educators expose students to music that might not otherwise have this opportunity in this school or on their own.
Music in all forms benefits children and their development whether they wish to become the next Yo-Yo Ma or just enjoy music as a hobby. If you can provide this for your child, then you definitely should. Remember, it’s also important to support organizations that make it possible for other children to experience the gift of music with your time or financial contributions.
Provide your child or sponsor another child’s early musical foundation in a Kindermusik with Dominique class. Adventures sessions begin this week. Contact me to preview a class for FREE or for additional information and details.