Music programs in schools can be literal life savers.
Students have long held music programs at schools in the highest regards. If you’re a music teacher or school administrator you can attest to the joy and satisfaction that these programs bring. Studies consistently show that learning an instrument at a young age can:
- Combat depression and anxiety
- Improve confidence and self-worth
- Teach creativity and work ethic
- Develop important social skills
That’s pretty powerful stuff! I’ve heard so many inspirational stories of how learning an instrument has kept kids out of trouble (or worse!) and given them a greater sense of purpose.
That’s why we work so hard to partner with schools to bring that same concept to as many kids as we can.
When I was growing up, my school was limited to woodwind and brass instruments. I love those instruments now, but as a younger kid I was more interested in stringed instruments. Feeling like I didn’t have a place in the music program, I didn’t attend. It took several more years before I got the chance to learn music, and that came via expensive private lessons.
What a missed opportunity!