The power of music-making

“Music is universal, it is magical, and it is omnipresent. Would we want to live in a world without it? Why would we be okay with our schools not having music?” asks Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, director of U.S.-based grant-making organisation the D’Addorio Foundation in her blog on the Violin Channel website.

The Foundation provides support to high-quality, sustainable music instruction programmes. It develops music education programmes in schools where music barely exists—or does not exist—and where children can’t afford to take lessons on their own.

These programmes are catalysts for positive social change, and music education has incredible power. Ninety six per cent of students in many of the community-based programmes supported by the D’Addario Foundation are graduating on time and attending college, despite living in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the USA, where graduation rates hover at or below 50 per cent.

Active participation in music via community-based programmes gives children the power to overcome the challenges of their early years. It’s the ability to defy odds, attend college, and succeed in life. Ms Brouder concludes: “There’s nothing more heartwarming than to see children with that power, and there’s nothing more beautiful than using music as a powerful agent for positive change.”

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