Please forgive me as I stand on a soap box and speak my two cents today, but the new Grammy music education teacher of the year award has stirred up my fire for the need for music advocacy in our society. I am thrilled that the Grammy’s are bringing music education in the lime light. In my humble opinion, this is the best thing that has happened for music education in a very long time.
It just kills me when I hear about schools that no longer have a music program for their students due to lack of funding. This is inexcusable! Parents, if you are in a school with no music program for your kids or a music program that is about to be taken away….do something about it! Go find alternative funding. Write a grant, contact local businesses to sponsor the program, hold a fundraising event…..whatever it takes.
I created my Top 10 Tuesday music activities (https://tucsonsongstress.com/top-10-tuesdays/) as a response to children all over the United States not getting a music education. Top 10 Tuesdays are a way for parents to supplement a music education at home….especially when our public school system is failing them.
Though I am proud of my Top 10 Tuesday activities, the truth is that I wish I didn’t feel a need to have to write them. The best place for children to be learning music is with their peers. They should be creating music together and bonding with each other through this most powerful force. They should be bouncing ideas of off each other and getting excited about music together as so many young people have. In my mind, it is crucial. Just think about all of the young musicians who have started off making music after school in garages with their best buddies.
So, I am thrilled that the Grammy’s have created this award, because I feel that it gives music education a platform and a high standard of excellence. To whomever wins this award….please use the power behind it responsibly. Use that award to speak for all of us music educators that music needs to be treated with the same importance as reading and math do. As we all know, music holds incredible academic benefits, and there is a valid place for it in schools.
My song of the day is Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” I love this video on Youtube where Chuck Berry asks Beethoven to “Forgive us, roll over and listen to THIS!” Click HERE to watch Chuck Berry and all of his charismatic energy perform rock and roll music that he feels may make Beethoven roll over in his grave. Berry was such an innovative force to music, and may we all learn from his originality. Hopefully, if we all stand together, this is the type of vision that can be brought back into public schools.