Glen McCarthy, Grammy Nominated Music Educator, Guitarist and Music
for Life Board Member on the importance of music education.
Why Support Music for Life Programs for At-Risk Youth
June Guitar Raffle - Brazen Fantasy
Congratulations to Anne who won the the Brazen guitar with case and amp. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the June festivals and supported our program. The music was great, food and drink excellent, weather cooperated and everyone had a great time. Thanks to your support dozens more deserving youth will have a guitar in their hands this fall. We'll be back in the fall with more festival appearances and another great guitar raffle.
Music Learning Festival
First Lady Michelle Obama, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and top performers and artists participated in a series of events the week of May 19th to showcase the importance of arts and music education to student achievement.
Understanding the benefits of a music program
To quote Stilson Greene, "A hand creating art rarely creates violence". Research shows a strong correlation between music education and a person’s success in life. Those involved in quality music programs tend to do better in school; score higher on standardized tests; be less inclined to engage in risky behavior; and be more inclined to take advantage of positive opportunities made available to them.
Declining availability of music programs in the public sector
When school budgets must be trimmed, music and art programs are usually one of the first things to go. Although recognized a core-subject area, they don’t carry the same weight as math and English/ language arts. Programs cut from the school’s curriculum can come back as extra-curricular activities but at a cost to students; a reality that excludes youth of limited means.
Poverty's impact on youth
Poverty affects a child both physically and mentally. They are weighed down by a world of no; whether it is basic necessities, recreation opportunities or extracurricular programs, they're told they do not have the means for them to have it or participate in it. Some think that this kind of childhood wreaks greater havoc on a child than almost any child-abuse scenario.
Kids with nowhere to go, end up… going nowhere
People prefer to operate within their comfort zone; within a familiar environment. Living in an adverse environment may be unpleasant, but it is the comfort zone for those born into it. It is difficult for them to believe they can move up to a better environment and that there are resources to help.