CHSO Celebrates “The Year of the Music Teacher”
Throughout the 2017-18 Claflin Hill Symphony Season, we will be celebrating Music Teachers.
Not that we don’t appreciate and love ALL teachers – but we are musicians and very often, the music teachers in school systems are the first to see their budgets, resources and programs cut and it cannot be stated often or strongly enough how essential, important and beneficial these programs and these amazing teachers are to the development of our future generations.
Claflin Hill has – from its inception – always been dedicated to the nurturing and furtherance of music education for young people. Our Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies program has grown exponentially in each of the last four years – we now have over 100 students from almost 40 communities participating.
Virtually every single musician that performs as a member of a Claflin Hill ensemble or concert is a TEACHER as well, including myself. Cumulatively, the musicians of CHSO alone teach and impact the development of several thousand students – either as public school teachers or in their private studios.
Every major soloist or performer you will see at CHSO this season is also a TEACHER, and we hope to have many of our public school colleagues at the symphony with their students throughout the year.
I strongly believe that Music Education for All young students should be a requirement – the benefits of music study are well documented – showing that music students have a high achievement rate in math and science especially – but the numerous “multi-tasking” functions that are developed in the study of a musical instrument strengthen and enlarge their brain capacity for abstract and organized thought processes. It’s almost a guarantee that your local High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian each year is a music student as well!
Music, and Music Teachers are Essential