Turn on the television these days and you’ll find an overabundance of programs with music at their focus from dramas to reality shows taking ordinary unknowns and catapulting them into super stardom. Some that come to mind are The Voice, American Idol, Glee, America’s Got Talent, Smash, and the upcoming Duets. These shows are packed with star power from Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and even Steven Spielberg (Smash).
Music –alive and well? It would seem so. The reality is not so much in this generation’s schools anymore. Walk the halls of schools across America and you will notice a growing number of them falling silent, devoid of music programs--the first victims of financial cuts. You will most likely find music rooms deserted or in the case of overcrowded schools, converted to classrooms, equipment unused, band programs axed and music teachers and band directors gone. Music foundations like VH1 Save the Music are trying to help fill the voids.
VH1 Save the Music began in 1997 when then network executive John Sykes, had volunteered as Principal for a Day at a public school in Brooklyn, NY. Sykes realized that students in the music program had a huge need for musical instruments and he wanted to help. The nonprofit program has since provided $48 million in new musical instruments to public schools across the country. Members of the foundation want to jumpstart music programs through partnerships with school districts. They are raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.
How can you help save the music? Here is just a short sampling of Music Foundations:
What is happening in your schools or communities in regards to music education? Comment or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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