We recently announced an annual donation based compilation from New Age Media Management and The Catalyst Publicity Group featuring artists such as Sparks The Rescue, Nathan Ryan, and Stages & Stereos, with all proceeds going to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Now, we know how important music education is, and how music can change lives. But we wanted to bring you a little perspective from the artists themselves. Check out what each artist on the compilation had to say about music education after the jump, and purchase a CD/download after the jump. How has music education changed your life?
Music education has had an enormous effect on my life. The experience that being in the school chorus/choir afforded me is what helped to develop how I hear music. Years later, it’s influence has a distinct presence in my songwriting.
Music education played such a huge role in my life, even before I started writing my own songs. My music teachers really showed me how to respect the history of something I loved, especially through Jazz music. They taught me that music was more than playing, but it was listening. By listening and understanding how music has evloved and hearing where the styles built upon earlier forms, I was able to really focus my influences into my own creations. By helping my build that solid foundation, I would not be the artist I am today.
I started taking music classes in the third grade, and it’s an experience that truly shaped the rest of my life. Being able to have a creative outlet with musical discipline at such a young age isn’t just about the idea of getting better grades in math and science, it’s about teaching yourself that you can create something from nothing. Given, not everyone continues playing the instrument that they started out on in elementary school, but I did. and I watched myself go from squeaking “twinkle twinkle” to being concertmaster in symphonies and playing concertos, to playing violin in an indie rock band in front of hundreds of kids. The bottom line is, the second you give an instrument and the knowledge to learn that instrument to a young child, they are able to take from that an entire world of possibilities.
I was very excited when I heard what my management company was doing and wanted to be involved instantly. I believe that keeping music in schools is exceedingly important to the advancement of the industry we’re in. I always loved attending my music classes in school, I always wished they’d last longer, those classes really helped develop me into the artists I am today, those classes helped shape my outlook and opinion on how things operate today, I don’t know where I’d be without them. It’s very important to develop musicians and artists for the next generation. It’s also very important to educate kids on the fundamentals of music and I’m very excited to see what the next generation has to offer for musical growth in the coming years.
Our high school music teacher was a huge inspiration to us. He taught us the importance of practice in both our musical, and individual lives. His lessons, stretching from various techniques to live concerts, were an incredible learning experience for us. We would not be where we are today without our high school music teacher, and without music education in general.
Music class made music a major part of all of our lives. Growing up, were all introduced to each other in the same music classes/ It’s something we were able to follow all the way through high school into the formation of the band. Having that education helped teach us the valuable lessons of working with others and taught the value in working towards something bigger than ourselves. An awesome performance with the group was always much more rewarding than passing a chemistry test!
Quiet Out Loud (Matt)
Music education lit the fire we all have inside as musicians. Without it, the world would be missing a spark.
Rescue Kid (Eddie)
Learning the language of music has always been an important part of my life. It’s helped me grow as a well-rounded musician, in many aspects such as technique and song writing to name a few. I believe that music education can help inspire people to not only become more focused and disciplined, but also innovative and inspiring. As a part-time private teacher myself, it has helped to constantly remind myself the basic fundamentals of music, and to never forget where you came from.
Stages & Stereos (Zach)
Music education is essential to the youth of today. Music saved my life and I can’t imagine a future without the beauty of melody. Music is a blessing let’s not let it go to waste.
This Is All Now
We all grew up in and around the music industry. Most of us first picked up our instruments when we were early into high school and are currently in college taking music industry classes plus everything from songwriting to contemporary & jazz classes. It just furthers your ability to be able to write and work with different genres of music.
Uh Huh Baby Yeah
Thankfully, we all came from the era of music classes in elementary schools. Choir, theatre, band, music theory – these were also available to us in high school. We all took some form of these classes because 1.) they were easy and 2.) we already had a love for music so it just made sense. Little did we know that we would actually learn something and take it with us. It’s a shame these classes are being cut now.
Growing up, we all had some form of music education. It has most definitely helped us as a band to be able to do what we love and write music that makes a difference. Had we not had those opportunities, Adrien and Ricky would not have studied for degrees in audio engineering and music production. What the VH1 Save The Music foundation does for the music community is incredible, it allows many school programs to continue to educate tomorrow’s musicians despite budget cuts.
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