I am a huge fan of the arts and what they can mean to a child both academically and emotionally. Along with art and design, music has been a focal point of my own career and while I haven’t forced it down my kids’ throats, I’ve encouraged them to pursue and explore all aspects of music. We share it, discuss it and listen to all genres and styles in our house. Even when one of the kids “discovers” music her mom and I find somewhat questionable, it opens the door for terrific discussions about culture, taste, history, what sort of message they want to promote and a plethora of other topics. All of which provides moments of communication, learning and understanding. Now the eldest is determined to become a singer and continues to search out vocal styles from all styles of music from Beyonce, to Carrie Underwood, to Janis Joplin to Etta James to Lana Del Rey.
Another has a natural ear that no doubt will lead to more exploration and likely a lot of songwriting. And most recently our middle child joined the middle school band. Her instrument of choice? The trumpet. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Just knowing she’ll continue to learn music and music theory puts my mind at ease. It’ll give her something positive to focus on, build her self esteem, provide positive support from both classmates and adults and provide her with a creative outlet she’ll carry with her the rest of her life.
Music is not just background noise. It is a means of exploring emotions, of creating energy, providing us with a means of expressing our emotions and dealing with pain. It exercises our brains in ways nothing else can. It is so more than just a song on the radio. It becomes a part of our memories and a part of who we are. And while there will no doubt be some sounds coming from our house in the coming months that may be a bit sour, the fact that my children are embracing it and taking steps to make the arts an important part of their lives is truly music to my ears.