Every Monday Matters: Listen, play, appreciate music
By Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Over 70 percent of schools are not able to maintain funding for the arts.
Schools with music programs, compared to schools without, have significantly higher graduation rates, 90.2 percent compared to 72.9 percent, and higher attendance rates, 93.3 percent compared to 84.9 percent.
Students with coursework in music appreciation score roughly 53 points higher in verbal and 40 points higher in math on the SAT than their non-arts peers.
Early musical training increases brain development in language, reasoning, math, science, memory, creativity, expression, and spatial intelligence.
Choral singers are nearly twice as likely to be involved in charity work — as both volunteers and donors — than the average person.
Every human culture uses music to preserve and pass on its ideas and ideals.
Music is not limited by age, gender, ethnicity or time.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
1. Listen to your favorite music and sing, dance, clap, jam on your air guitar, and enjoy it like no one is watching.
2. Go see or buy tickets for a live music performance.
3. Sign up for music lessons for yourself or your family.
4. If you already sing or play an instrument, do it today or offer to teach someone who wants to learn.
5. Donate unused instruments to a local school, church, or music education center.
6. Communicate with your school-district administrators or national legislators. Write a letter of appreciation for the hard work they do and request continued funding for the arts.
Music is fun, expressive, imaginative, beautiful, energizing, relaxing, interesting, and freeing. Through music, we preserve our cultural heritage, celebrate our faith with praise and worship, remember events and experiences from the past, come together with friends and family, and express our emotions. Music is the soundtrack of life.
No, I am not grumpy about it. And although it might be a function of getting older, I think it is more than that. I am just thirsty for beautiful melodies, inspiring lyrics, and songs that move my soul, not just my hips. I also believe the world is thirsting for it … and needs it too. And recently, I got take a drink of what I have been craving. And it tasted great.
On a recent night, I was invited to the
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In a word, I would say that his performance was "moving." The combination of his sweeping melodies and down-to-earth lyrics, coupled with his humble gestures between songs and the locked-up backing vocals of
I spent some time on David's Web site this morning and found a quote from him that pretty much summed up my experience last night. "I am drawn to art that doesn't downplay the everyday hardship of life. Only in really seeing that brokenness for what it is can we have a realistic sense of hope. There are real signs of truth and beauty in the midst of all the mess and madness, and I think that is what my songs speak to."
What a refreshing thing to hear from one of our up-and-coming music stars. There are signs of truth and beauty out there. We see them everyday … if we choose to. And, we matter in making sure there are more and more signs of them. Thank you David for making me believe in music and for doing what you do. You touch people's hearts, and I hope that your new album will be topping the charts in very short order. Music matters. Your music matters.
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