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Building Community Through Music

Learning how to play with a variety of people is at the core of creating a healthy community. Music played with, and for, each other is essential in the development of self and self esteem within a community. Music enables people to explore, create, express and communicate thoughts and feelings. Music is holistic and connects heart and soul with body and mind.   It encourages the healing of the human family.  Simply put music makes us smarter about ourselves, about each other and about the communities we create together!

Music is one of the things that brings us closer together as shown by the fact that we see music at important events such as weddings, graduations, funerals, birthdays, sporting events and cultural events all around the world.  Historically and culturally this has always been true.

Inter-generational Music is the international language that connects all of us. Multi-age musical groupings is one of the key ingredients for community building.   It offers an unique opportunity to do something special and constructive with our children.  For example inter-generational singing is a powerful tool for the expansion of community through building strong families and empowering children in order to build a harmonious future. Singing taps into the breath of life, also known as PRANA, CHI, or the Holy Spirit.

"The child who has listened musically , also listens to everything else."
       ~ Source Unknown

"If a child hears good music from the day of his or her birth and learns to play it himself or herself, he or she develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He or she gets a beautiful heart."
      ~ Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki method

Bedtime for Basso ~ "When it comes to hearing bedtime stories, deep male tones are preferred by both children and adults according to a poll by the online Britixh Internet company Women's voices are often percieved as less likely to aid restful sleep.  Mothers, however, are still on at least an equal footing with fathers when it comes to singing lullabies.
      ~ The London Observer

A family that plays music together builds skills in attending, cooperating, listening and creating.  Even when the song is over the harmony just keeps on going!

See also..."How to build community" (article)

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20% of children do music, 70% of adults wish they had.
~ Source Unknown


The arts are fundamental resources through which the world is viewed, meaning is created and mind is developed.
~ Elliot W. Eisner