The next time you hear a song on the radio, from a car passing by, or from your personal collection of top ten, I want you to detach yourself from the pull that you may be experiencing by closing your eyes and becoming aware of the present moment. What did this music make you feel? Did it relax you? Did it make you tense? Or perhaps, excited?
Music has an incredible power. It can elevate us and it can degrade us. Masses of people can be swayed by the messages in a song such as the Star Spangled Banner. Such an anthem can evoke images and feelings of love, pride, and patriotism. Conversely, music with vulgar and demeaning messages can evoke lustful feelings, anger, and even resentment.
This is all fine and dandy for adults, but what about for children? Children are highly impressionable. They are at the mercy of our educational system and, by the very fact that there is a power differential between the older and younger human being, a child is going to soak up the influences that are the strongest in his or her environment. As a result, music can be a highly positive or negative tool in shaping the education of a child.
We as a society share a responsibility in protecting our children from harmful music, for they are the next generation that
will impart the messages that they internalize to their own children. Does this mean that we must coddle them or make them afraid of stepping outside, lest they inadvertently come across a blaring car? No, of course not. But we at Maestro Musicians believe that surrounding a child with positive role models who care about how this student expresses himself or herself ultimately results in a happier and more well-adjusted child.
Our teachers are carefully chosen to serve as positive role models in your child’s life. We care deeply about our music and aim to make it come alive so that every student can express himself in his or her unique way. This is why the parent-teacher-student relationship is of the utmost importance, for when a teacher truly understands where a student is coming from on all fronts, he or she is able to act not just as a teacher, but as a mentor. It is the individual and personal relationships that we build over time that make all the difference. These students, even at their young age, are then able to go forth and positively impact their own peers, whether on the playground, in the classroom, or on the stage.
Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A.
Parent tested, Child approved
Maestro Musicians Academy