|Q:||What would your life be without music?|
|A:||My life without music is so very hard to imagine. One thing for sure is that losing my ‘home’ in which to express my emotions (music) would leave me very empty. A frightening thought…|
|Q:||What are your views on music education?|
|A:||Music education has to survive at all costs. How could not having the only universal language as part of the school curriculum even be a consideration?|
"One of the students in my self-contained middle school autism classroom at Durham School of the Arts has attended Voices Together with the self-contained high school class this year. Not only has it been one of the highlights of his week, but he has shown a great deal of improvement in both expressive and receptive communication. He is initiating more speech and uses more words in a sentence. Though I cannot credit the program for all of his progress, I think has played an important role."
- Lesley Weaver, Exceptional Children's Teacher, Durham School of the Arts, speaking of Voices Together, Chapel Hill, NC
"I will never take the things for granted in life that I once did. I have found a constructive and wholesome way to interact with my peers. The bond we share in music spans across our differences, teaching us respect and compassion for one another instead of anger and fear."
- Participant in the correctional facility music program, ArtSpring, Inc., FL
"The drums gave us the ability this year to begin developing and implementing a drumming portion to our program. They also became very vital in developing a more kinesthetic portion to our techniques for the younger age groups, which we are now serving. The joy and expression that has come from this younger population while playing these drums cannot be expressed."
- Yasmine White, Director, Voices Together, Chapel Hill, NC
The Fender Music Foundation
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Agoura Hills, CA 91376