|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?|
"There are a lot of family moments. My mom is like, ‘Oh, I'm so proud of my son; he plays viola.’ And she'll start hugging me, and the rest of my siblings are like, ‘Mom, please!’ I remember when my family all came over on Christmas, I played and a couple of them started crying. And the rest of them were really proud. It made me feel good."
- Student, Community MusicWorks, Providence, RI
"The band program sometimes seems like the only thing that keeps me going."
- Student, North High School, Phoenix, AZ
"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
P.O. Box 67
Agoura Hills, CA 91376