Welcome to a new year of musical friendships and celebrations of musical learning. After more than 30 wonderful years at the Music School, we have many happy memories, from alumni reuniting to perform in new combinations to founding families exchanging stories with new parents.
Some years ago, I wrote to you about our newest group of alumni, whose stellar senior recitals had illustrated our goal of developing “musically multilingual” 21st century musicians. In a graduation card to my student Madeleine, I expressed that my greatest excitement as a piano teacher was in experiencing the myriad ways that musical brains work. She and I often talked about the fascinating differences in musical approach between herself and her brother Axel, who had an equally stunning senior recital a year later.
Established research has long shown the benefits that making music can have for all of our brains. From early childhood to late adulthood, making music aids in language and spatial skills, memory retention, and mental focus. We are especially fortunate to have two talented expressive arts therapists on our faculty, who are qualified to help individuals who have neurological diseases such as autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. As an art form that combines the emotions, physical skills, and intelligence that make us human, music not only helps us, but also brings us joy and satisfaction beyond these extrinsic benefits.
We are privileged to work with the minds and expressive desires of a broad continuum of ages and abilities, from babies bonding in song with their parents to prize-winning teenagers to 90-year-old singers in Songweavers. Our caring faculty members look forward to listening to your dreams, whether you hope to master an instrument, play in an ensemble, sing to your grandchildren, or guide your child on a musical journey. We invite you to make music with us and experience the joy of musical expression.