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While all the performing arts have wonders to offer, I gravitate most to those that include music.
Participating in the performing arts bring us together and helps build personal relationships. Being cooperative in nature they become building blocks of community. What competition separates the performing arts unites. We all function at a higher level when our needs are met and we have a sense of belonging.
Whether we are performers or an audience members, the performing arts offer one of the best ways we have of communicating our feelings to each other. Feeling together is how we get together, heal together and have fun together. We need to find more ways of connecting with others in our lives by performing for, and with, each other
"Dr. Brent Logan, a psychologist at The Pre-learning Institute in Washington state, recently finished 10 years of research on the benefits of singing to children, He found that babies whose parents sing to them have a higher IQ, are better coordinated physically, more willing to share and more socially adjusted all-around. In fact, more birth specialists are recommending a type of prenatal parenting that incorporates both parents singing lullabies to the unborn child."
~ Amanda Greene, Wilmington, N.C. Morning Star article "Hello in there"
It is difficult to go through life alone. There is increased hope when we create opportunities to bond with others through the performing arts. Performing for, and with, each other promotes intimacy, encourages contact and, in a accepting setting, helps bring out the creativity, and the music, inside us. The performing arts are a bridge that joins all people of all ages together in creative harmony.
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Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.
~ Napolean Bonaparte
Music is a prophecy of what life is to be; the rainbow of promise translated out of seeing into hearing.
~Lydia M. Child