How Music is Especially Helpful for Our Kids During These Challenging Times
I am definitely a person who likes to focus more on the positive than the negative, but I must admit there have been times during the current COVID-19 pandemic that I have felt so badly for the changes that our kids have had to endure to accommodate our new normal.
That said, as with all hardships that occur in our lives, I know that the kids will come out of this stronger, and be better equipped to handle anything difficult that may come their way in the future.
And to be honest, our kids are already handling things WAY better than expected.
In fact, I have truly been amazed at just how well the kids are handling all of these changes, and
have noticed some truly wonderful things come out of this crazy time during my music lessons with my students, and I know I am not the only one seeing this…
With more time at home, our kids are practicing their music even more than they have in the past. Not only are they practicing their music, but they are becoming more creative with it and enjoying the music they are making.
Never before have I seen things like more interest in students wanting to write music, students feeling so excited about songs they will be performing, students wanting to be a part of performances that give back to our community, and just being eager in general to have our time that we share in our music lessons dedicated to working on making and playing great music. My group Glee class has been making amazing progress each week on their song, and I can’t begin to describe just how happy it makes me see them working together, enjoying themselves, and performing their little hearts out!
So why is all of this good able to come out of such an unsettling time?
One answer: Music.
Music allows us to be creative and to express ourselves in ways that make us feel good. Think about how you suddenly want to dance when you hear a song that you love. Or how you want to cry when you hear a song that moves you. Our kids are turning to music, even more so than before, to help
they relieve stress and have fun.
Times like these remind us that life is short and should be lived to its fullest. Music education provides so much for someone of any age. I am especially happy to witness all of the positive it has done for our students while helping them learn and grow into more capable, confident,
and creative individuals.
Who knew that learning could be so FUN?!