By now, most of you know about the Alright With Music project to benefit Music Empowers Foundation. Most of us probably first heard of Music Empowers through following Kris and the work he's done with them. I'll be honest, until recently, it's a cause I never thought much about. The high school I went to had a great music program. The school district where I taught for 11 years had all kinds of music classes. In fact, in my middle school, 2 years of music class were required!
But as I've read some of the research and looked into the projects that Music Empowers has funded, I have started to think about a lot of kids I've known over the years. The kid who had terrible learning disabilities, but could excel in orchestra. The boy who was an outcast in middle school, but found a home in jazz band. The girl who would barely speak in my math class, but would perform solos in choir.
It's easy to dismiss music class as that fun little 45 minutes in a day or week where kids get to sing some songs or tinker around on some instruments. But music education isn’t just about teaching kids to play a song. It’s about engaging them in school, teaching them about practice and perseverance, giving them something to belong to, and so much more. Unfortunately, it is becoming all too common for music education programs to be cut as schools attempt to balance their budgets.
All of us here have been touched by music, through our own experiences playing and singing, or by our children, siblings, or friends engaging in musical activities, and certainly through Kris. All of us involved with the Alright With Music project ask you to help us help others have those same opportunities. The response we've gotten so far has been absolutely amazing. This is no surprise, considering what we accomplished for Heifer in the summer.
For all of you who have donated or helped us spread the word, THANK YOU! We have a long way to go to reach our goal of $25,000 for the month, so we need everybody to keep it up. To help us along, we've planned all kinds of contests and incentives. Keep checking our blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages for all the latest details
Since its inception, Music Empowers has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring music programs to places where music education is underdeveloped or non-existent. With your help, we can make that total even higher. Special thanks goes to Andy Davis, founder of Music Empowers for all his energy and support (and for getting us those guitars and CDs!). Thanks also goes to Kris, who's been on board with this effort from the very beginning.