The gift of a beautiful voice

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From Crystal Hogan, choral director at Kingsford High School:

March is Music in Our Schools Month. To kick off the month the Kingsford Music Boosters and the Kingsford Student Council are sponsoring and promoting Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. The concert will be held at the Kingsford High School Auditorium on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

Lead singer, Lindsay, grew up in Dickinson County and is a 2005 Kingsford graduate.

Lindsay participated in the Kingsford choral program for six years and came into the program singing like an angel. Lindsay was born into a musical family with the gift of a beautiful voice and musical ability. Music was, is and will always be part of her life.

Kingsford is proud to claim her as part of their music program. Due to her natural talent, she probably would have succeeded with or without being part of a school music program but I can’t help but hope that the Kingsford choral program helped in developing her as a complete musician.

This begged me to ask myself the following question, “If someone like Lindsay could have made it on her own, why do we need music education?”

We need music education for the student that would have never developed as a performing musician if not for music education. We need it for the student who doesn’t become a performer but would love to work in music. But is it also for the student who has little or no interest in music? Yes. I believe music is for everyone. Allow me to explain.

Music education is for the student that would have never developed as a performing musician if not for participating in a music class. Without the encouragement of a music instructor many talented students would never discover their aptitude for music. As music instructors, we teach and encourage many students to become musicians that were not as naturally gifted as Lindsay or who weren’t as fortunate to have a musical background that she had before joining chorus, band or orchestra.

Music education is for the student who doesn’t want to become a performer but would love to work in music. There are fields of music study for this student as well. For this student there are many careers in music where they never step on the stage. Professions in Music Education: historian, music librarian, music professor, music teacher. Professions in Music Business: copyist, engineer, lawyer, lyricist, merchant, publisher, reviewer. Professions in Music Performance: composer, conductor, performer, church musician. Other Professions in Music: music arranger, arts administration, critic, recording technician, therapist. Maintenance and Craftsmanship: instrument builder, instrument repair person, piano tuner, organ tuner or luthier. And the list goes on.

Music education is even for the student who has little or no interest in music. You might ask how music benefits this student. Well, for one, students develop life skills through participating in a musical group.

Some of the intrinsic benefits to music education include being disciplined, learning and perfecting a skill, learning to cope with the pressure of performing in front of an audience, spatial intelligence and pattern recognition. Playing an instrument develops fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination as well. Belonging to a musical organization evokes a sense of responsibility to the group and, well, belonging to something of value. They can also learn to appreciate different styles of music and be an intelligent audience member.

Through studying music, students can learn to be better students and more well-rounded students.

Music has connections to all disciplines. Music has elements of math through counting rhythms. Music has elements of science in understanding pitch and acoustics. Music has elements of literature through the poetry that is used as lyrics to songs. Foreign languages are introduced through songs from around the world. Music and art go hand in hand in defining periods in history. Culture and geography are defined by the variety of music from all corners of the earth. Music is physical and develops large motor skills through movement; dancing, clapping, marching. These are just a sampling of the benefits of music education.

Music has so many benefits. Not to mention, music for music’s sake. So, join us as a music appreciator by attending the ‘Lindsay Lou & the Flatbelly” concert on Monday, March 10.

Tickets are available at the Kingsford High School Office, the Music Tree and at the door.

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From Agatha Cavaiani of Kingsford:

Bouquet to the two guys who snow blew my driveway (especially the part near the end) which the city plows fill with snow, during the recent winter weather watch/warning, predicting fierce winds, bitter temperatures and snow drifts.

Two neighbors who are knowledgeable, dependable and truly believe in neighbor helping neighbor and are willing to lend a hand at any time. I feel very fortunate to be living in this great neighborhood. Perhaps Mother Nature will be a little bit kinder in the next few weeks and smile on us with warmer temperatures and sunshine.