Evidence increasingly supports the long held belief that music is an important factor in all of our lives. Music can change moods, inspire thoughts and movement, and help us advance in spatial reasoning and mathematics. Even so, many music and art programs are being cut in schools across the United States. The funding simply isn’t there. Whatever the reasoning for this, the evidence supports the need for music, specifically, in our lives. It’s more than just a fun idea for a career, it can literally change your life.
This is why I love that the Grammy Foundation is now moving to honor music educators. These are the people who inspire the John Mayer’s, Questlove’s, and Esperanza Spalding’s of the world to become the great musician’s that they are. Great music teachers teach everything from the mechanics of an instrument to the technique of adding passion and purpose to each note or rhythm played. Now, these incredible teachers are going to be honored, as they should be, by the people they taught to become musical greats!
I’ve had some great teachers over the years that I would have readily submitted had this been in play when I was learning. And having spent a short time as a music teacher, I can only hope that my students continued learning and are still passionate about the role that music plays in their lives today!
Visit GrammyInTheSchools.com to see how you can honor your teachers and submit them for their own nomination for best teacher!
Even if you don’t end up becoming the next big thing on the music scene, the things you learn through music will add to the way you see the world, feel the world, and especially hear the world!
Also, if you’re a high school student, you can apply for grammy camp and the chance to work with a variety of current musical greats and learn what it’s like to be in the pros!
Here’s to all the music teachers out there!
Until next time, take care of your hearts and ears!
Listen With Your Heart