Notes from the director... - January 2024
The Music Box
Encouraging Lifelong Music Appreciation
Experiencing a wide range of musical styles and instruments enriches our lives. All too often we hear stories of people being “stuck” with the wrong instrument as a teenager with no option to try something different, so they stop playing instead. Our unique Music Box class introduces the amazing world of music with hands-on explorations of different instruments, songs, and musical styles, while sneaking in some music theory basics along the way.
Students can join our popular “Drop-In” option on Wednesdays, as well as the continuing Tuesday/Thursday class. By the end of the term they have experienced 12-20 different instruments and may even have found one that they want to pursue.
Each Music Box session starts by putting both traditional or rarer instruments into the student’s hands right from the start. Students have the chance to explore and discover before they are told the “right” and “wrong” ways to play instruments. They experience the “joy of making things happen” when they blow, bow, or beat on something new – sometimes unexpected things! Parents are encouraged to stay and join in on the learning!
The Music Box also incorporates song into each class to promote the idea that music is not precious, but a thing to be enjoyed and shared by everyone. Students are encouraged to sing, not to sing “well” just now, but just to sing and have fun singing. Singing together, learning music basics, getting historical and cultural context for songs, and the hands-on experience with a variety of musical instruments can foster a lifelong appreciation for music.