188 Days ’til 40: Music Lessons

17 Aug


“I’ve come up with the theory that the music is within. We don’t bring it in; it’s already there. We have to figure out how to get it out.” – Howard Roberts – Jazz Guitar

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.” -Jules Combarieualen

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Red Auerbach

 “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. -Victor Hugo

U.S. Department of Education data show that students who report consistently high levels of involvement in instrumental music during the middle- and high-school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. — J. Catterall et al. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development”, 1999.

“Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.” – College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.

Today I was thinking about music lessons because our 5-12 grade students are busy pleading with our music teacher for their instrument of choice in our school band.  We believe so strongly in the connections between music and learning that all of our students are REQUIRED to play a musical instrument from grade 5-11 (their senior year they do other projects).

My daughter wants to play the drums.  She is adamant about playing them.  On the first day of music class she was devastated to learn that 7 other students also wanted to play the drums (only 2-3 students are assigned drums).  I was very proud of her as she advocated for herself and explained how much she wanted to play the drums and how dedicated she would be.  This is a good lesson in self-advocacy, a lesson she has struggled with in the past.  Over the course of the week she continued speaking with the music teacher until finally, this morning, she showed up in my office with a pair of drumsticks and a HUGE smile.  It was great to see.

Today, 188 days ’til 40, I am thankful for the music programs that still exist in our schools – they make a huge difference in the lives of the students who participate.  I am also thankful that my daughter was assigned the drums – her second choice was tuba!



Posted by on August 17, 2012 in attitude, Children, Education


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20 responses to “188 Days ’til 40: Music Lessons

  1. Animalcouriers

    August 17, 2012 at 00:12

    You’ve got to be thankful for small mercies!

  2. honestgoodadvice

    August 17, 2012 at 00:37

    Reblogged this on Honestgoodadvice's Blog and commented:
    Music expresses what words cannot express- whatever the mood there is a genre that fits

  3. Margot C. H.

    August 17, 2012 at 01:01

    being a drum-girl is one of the most amazing thing someone can live. Im one and the satisfaction we feel by braking people categories and parameters while we go through life gives an inimaginable sense of confidence and self steam…. we need videos!!!!

  4. buckwheatsrisk

    August 17, 2012 at 01:44

    i’m so happy for your daughter! good for her!

  5. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

    August 17, 2012 at 12:27

    Good going for your kid!! What a dedicated little cutie pie!!

    • 400daystil40

      August 17, 2012 at 23:30

      Yes, we were very impressed! I hope you are well!

  6. Jane

    August 17, 2012 at 17:50

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you did because that led me to find yours. I’m days away from turning 50 and think it’s awesome your making goals for yourself in preparation for your 40th birthday. Best, Jane

    • 400daystil40

      August 17, 2012 at 23:29

      And thank you so much! I wish you the best for your 50th birthday!!! 🙂

  7. viveka

    August 17, 2012 at 23:44

    Drums – good for her, happy for her .. but I hope she will not practice at home … *smile Have a great weekend.

    • 400daystil40

      August 18, 2012 at 00:01

      hehehe – they start off on rubber practice pads – not so loud!

      • viveka

        August 18, 2012 at 00:04

        Okay … had a friend with a drummer girl .. my god !!!

  8. amberwild

    August 18, 2012 at 00:29

    Where do you teach!?! They’re always trying to cut music from our school. I was involved in music grades 5-12 and our program was pretty bad. I want my kids to have a good experience with music! They already play drums at both grandfather’s houses. It would be nice to find a school system that values music!

    • 400daystil40

      August 19, 2012 at 00:49

      I am in a private school…. we have more flexibility, but the parents must pay @ $20,000 a year for us to have it….. and the pay is low for the teachers with those tuition rates…..

  9. walkwiththerabbi

    August 18, 2012 at 17:57

    Please pass on a “shout-out” to your daughter for her diligance. What a powerful lesson that has the potential to bless her on multiple levels throughout her life. Make it a great weekend. Alan


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