A friend shared a post with me on Facebook tonight........"Music belongs in public schools."
I agree with that post. Thanks to an incredible music teacher that I had in the seventh grade, my life changed forever.
Emily Aull of Stockton School, Chicago, Ill took notice of a skinny shy southern girl and helped me find my voice. In a school where I knew no one, and culture shock hit me daily, Ms. Aull showed me a path that I have stayed on my entire life. She taught me that my voice was just that, mine.....no one else's. Through music, I found my confidence and passion and a gift that I have cultivated my entire life.
I cannot imagine my life without music.......theory taught me mathematics, leaning folk music and its history created a love for things and places that are different, playing guitar and piano instilled determination, singing taught me freedom.
Music has taken me to places I would never have gone, allowed me to meet people that were life changing, broadened my views and my world, let me express emotions and feelings that I didn't know existed. Music has created dreams and the opportunities for them to come true.
And more times than I care to remember, music was the constant in my life that encouraged me to go on, to never give up.
Music belongs not only in public schools, but in our daily lives.