School music programs are literal life savers.
If you’re a music teacher or school administrator you can likely attest to this. There’s a reason students hold school music programs in such high regards. Studies show that learning an instrument at a young age (elementary school through high school) can:
- Actively combat depression and anxiety
- Improve confidence, self-worth, and community
- Teach creativity and work ethic
- Develop important social skills
That’s really powerful! You don’t have to search too far to find inspirational stories of how learning an instrument kept youth out of trouble (or worse), and created a sense of purpose in their lives.
This is why we work tirelessly to partner with schools to bring that very same concept to as many kids as we can.
For me personally, my schools were limited to woodwind and brass instruments. I love those instruments these days, but as a younger kid they didn’t inspire me. I was only interested in stringed instruments. Feeling like I didn’t have a place in the music program, I didn’t attend any of the music classes. It took several more years before I got the chance to learn music. And that came by way of expensive private lessons.
A truly missed opportunity indeed!