"Anyone Can Learn To
Who Me, A Music-Maker?
Music is a very central
component of who we are as human beings. Every individual is born with the desire and
potential to express themselves musically.
This does not mean that
everyone is a performer. Rather, it is important to recognize that
every individual has the right and the ability to learn to make music
for their own expression and enjoyment.
For most of human history, and
in most cultures around the world today, music has been a communal activity, a vital part of
home, work, play, worship and
relationships. It is a powerful outlet for emotions and communication.
Music is similar to a language
and it's aptitude is nurtured in early childhood in much the same way our spoken
language is learned. Sadly, our culture has lost the ability not only
to make music in the home, but also to pass the musical language from
one generation to another.
Contrary to popular belief,
everyone is born with all the equipment they need to make music. The
fact that we feel we can't make music is not because we are stupid, or deficient
in some way. Rather it is because we did not have the opportunity to
grow our musical skills in our language learning years.
Only in our
performance-oriented American culture do we have such a broad
population of so-called "non-musicians". We have separated
the "haves" from the "have-nots", and have
actually created a tonally illiterate culture.
By teaching individuals the
secrets to growing "music inside" anyone can become a
joyful music-maker. With 30 years of success, and the evidence of new
music learning research, Joy of Music Co. is ready and able to provide
individuals of all ages a joyful springboard to a life of
Why Kids Need Music
Plato once said that music "is a more potent instrument than any other for
Our culture has lost the ability to transfer musical skills from generation
to generation. the majority of children growing up in America do not have the
opportunity to build any of these skills.
"Properly timed and sequenced early music experiences can actually raise
a child's musical aptitude. By age nine a child's overall musical aptitude
becomes stabilized. The earlier music training is begun, the higher the
profit in aptitude." Edwin E. Gordon, PHD
Early experiences determine which brain cells (neurons) will connect with
other brain cells, and which ones will die away. "Because neural connections are responsible for all types of
intelligence, a child's brain develops to its full potential only with
exposure to the necessary enriching experiences in early childhood." Journal
of Neurological Research, Feb. 2, 1997
You are welcome to contact the Joy of Music Co. by telephone
at 425-353-2835 or send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Joy of Music Co. is located at 10617 Holly Dr., Everett, WA 98204.
Anyone can become a music maker!