Keeping The Blues Alive

Keeping Music In Schools

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We just wanted to take the time to thank you for your continuing support of the foundation Keeping The Blues Alive. It is our ever-constant effort to ensure that our children always have the option to learn about music and have an opportunity to play an instrument.

Music is a language. It is a way of not only communicating with others but also expressing our emotions and ideas. Music has the capability of healing, both emotionally and mentally, relieving stress, giving the gift of creative expression, and many other things. It is also a universal language, allowing us to “communicate” with people from other countries, not with words but with the rhythms and feelings translated through instruments or voices. The power and influence of music is truly amazing and should not be stifled by schools, but rather embraced and explored.
There have been many discussions over the years about striking music education out of schools. In fact, there is consideration to eliminate all arts programs from education, focusing only on the fundamentals. I would never argue that subjects like math, science, and English are not vitally important to a child’s education. But, everyone needs a mental break from mundane learning. Music, sports, art, dance, and drama are all just as important to the curriculum and offer children much more than just a mental education. They offer freedom of expression and can also enrich their mental capacities that might be restricted otherwise.

Learning about music is not only fun and stimulating, but it also teaches children about other cultures and histories, and how to respect them. Learning how to play an instrument is not only an excellent stress reliever but it also teaches discipline, respect, and how to play with others. It is a great tool for discipline because learning an instrument requires a lot of practice and patience or you will not progress. By implementing just a 20-30 minute practice session every day, children will learn how to adhere to a schedule and how to remain focused. How can playing an instrument cultivate respect? Once they learn to love their instrument and how it works, they will grow to respect it as their personal propriety as well as respecting the music they are learning. Also, when they finally are ready to play their instrument with other people, they will learn how to blend their sound and create one cohesive sound.

This is not to say that everyone will become a professional musician, dancer, or artist; but we feel we have an obligation to offer these things as viable options and your generous contributions gives us this opportunity.

Thank you.

Patrick Ortiz 

KTBA

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