As a music teacher of ten years I have seen the healing power of music first hand. I experience children of all ages being touched by music every day. Often the children you expect the least surprise you with the most inspiring stories.
While writing this blog, I wanted to share stories of my students. I wanted the blog to be a reflection of my music program and the students in it. Not just on myself.
And with this in mind I walked into my classroom one day. My students and I were discussing the importance of music in their life. In the process of the discussion, I asked them if music has somehow helped them heal from a difficult period in one way or another.
I suggested that if anyone has a story they want to share, I would wait for them during lunch. Their story about the healing power of music would be shared but their name and identity will remain a secret.
The results were unexpected even for me. Honestly I went to my office during lunch not expecting anything different. Instead, I found a line of students sharing their stories and the healing power of music they felt. Here are their stories:
The Healing Power of Music For Kids
When it was time to start middle school my grandmother had just passed away. I had a lot of sadness and I was having a difficult time dealing with my pain. At the same time I started orchestra. I began learning the cello. Every time I played my cello it helped me remember that she could see me. I knew she would be very prod of me. It was so much fun every time I played and learned new things. I could just feel my grandmother looking down on me and smiling. That also helped me going in orchestra. I just knew that she would love my music even if I made mistakes. She would have supported me and said that I sound wonderful.
Music has a big importance in my life. But music didn’t just helped me. It saved me. One of my biggest dreams has been to play in orchestra. This is the first year I was able to join the school orchestra. At the end of the summer, I was in a very bad place in my life. There were things happening in my family. I was suicidal. I did not think things would get better. Then, I started school and saw that my third period was orchestra. I was so happy. I was about to accomplish one of my dreams. One or two months later I was already playing my instrument. And I started feeling that if I could accomplish my dream at school, then I canI can also do more in life. The community in the music classroom gave me the support I needed. I don’t know where I would be without orchestra or even if I would be here at all. Music saved my life. And this is my story about the healing power of music
Thinking about the story above justified what I do as a teacher. I remember talking to this girl on the hallways last year. She had told me once while passing that she wants to be in orchestra. When the registration cards started coming in, I kept not seeing her name. So I kept pushing. I literally chased her down and made sure she joined orchestra the next school year. Some kids in the middle school where I teach change their minds or do not always pursue the elective classes they want.
Sometimes as a teacher I need to work on the balance between recruiting for my program and pushing kids to be in it. After reading her story, I knew that it was meant to be and I indeed needed to fight for this girl. It wasn’t just about music.
Why is Music Important
Music does have a healing power. Often one that we cannot quite describe. This is why next time you think about whether music lessons are a good idea for your child, or whether you should support a school music program, think about the two children who shared the stories above. Then think about the fact that these are only two of the many children experiencing the healing power of music.
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