In this week’s episode, we asked Principal Katie Grassa of the Curley School for her perspective on why music should be taught in schools. She explains how music and the arts provide children with outlets to express themselves and to be heard, which are valuable skills for adulthood. She also describes how music crosses cultures and enables children to engage with and value one another. Most importantly, Principal Grassa explains how music has given children a reason to enjoy coming to school, enhancing their overall learning experience. We are glad to have been able to help reinstate the music program at the Curley School!
In our 5th episode, we asked Ernie about the difficulties he faces while running Music Drives Us. He mentions that it’s tough reading about the lack of opportunity for so many organizations in need of musical funding. However, Ernie is relieved that Music Drives Us has enabled some of these organizations to use music to positively impact their community. He hopes that one day, Music Drives Us will grow so that it never has to turn away anyone in need.
In this week’s episode, Ernie recalls the first few years of Music Drives Us. He specifically mentions three organizations that showed him how music can bond a community, save the lives of inner-city youth, and even rehabilitate patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Ernie mentions that he was enlightened to see firsthand the enriching effects music can have on people’s lives.
Our 3rd episode highlights why Ernie chose to support music. Ernie discusses how music has always been an important part of his life, and has helped to motivate and inspire him. He explains the benefits of music, specifically its ability to help young children develop communication skills and think critically. So, how has music improved YOUR life?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once called music “the universal language of mankind.” Many literary and musical men and women from all ages and cultures have similarly pointed to music as the great unifier, as “naming the unnamable” and “communicating the unknowable” (Leonard Bernstein); as “speaking where words fail” (Hans Christian Andersen), and as “a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” (Ludwig van Beethoven).
Children and youth are often caught up in particular challenges of their age and time. Music not only expresses and inspires, lifts up and creates focus, but also keeps kids out of trouble by opening up a new world of beauty. The Music Drives Us Foundation, created by musician and entrepreneur Ernie Boch, Jr., acts on this perspective and provides Boston’s public schools the opportunity to enhance their musical programs through the donation of musical instruments.
What motivates you the most about Music Drives Us?
This week, Ernie Boch Jr. talks about what motivates him the most about Music Drives Us. He says, there’s nothing quite like the excitement that students, teachers, and parents feel when we give them them the gift of music. This energy confirms how important Music Drives Us’ work truly is. It’s also amazing to see how many famous musicians have joined our mission of keeping music in our schools.
What is Music Drives Us?
This year marks the 10th Birthday of Music Drives Us! To celebrate and to share our story with you, we have created a video series that dives into who we are, what we do and why we do it. In this episode, our Founder, Ernie Boch Jr., tells us exactly what Music Drives Us is. Enjoy!
We’d like to thank everyone who came out to join us on April 27, 2016 for the sold out Lonestar performance that benefited Music Drives Us! We’d also like to thank The Charlie Horse, located in West Bridgewater, MA, for hosting this event. Over 800 Lonestar fans packed this local venue from wall to wall.
Lonestar is a CMA award-winning, multi-platinum country group comprised of Richie McDonald (lead vocals, piano), Michael Britt (lead guitar, backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals). Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, the group has released ten No. 1 singles throughout their career. They’ve sold over ten million albums since their official launch in 1995, and have won multiple awards. Two of those awards include ACM Single of the Year for their song “Amazed”, and CMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award.
Needless to say, we are so appreciative of the fact that they agreed to come perform in support of our mission. A portion of proceeds that night benefited Music Drives Us so that we can continue our efforts of keeping music in our schools and our communities. The power of music cannot be underestimated, and we can’t thank everyone enough for making the event as successful as possible.
To learn more about Music Drives Us, please visit our website atwww.musicdrivesus.org. You can donate to our cause today by texting “MDU” to 41444.
Music Drives Us had an event at Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus, MA to hear The Nelson Brothers perform! We’d like to thank them, as well as everyone who joined us for the private meet-and-greet. Proceeds from this evening which benefited MDU will go towards keeping music in our schools and our communities.
Music Drives Us stopped by to visit the Watertown High School Band Program. This fall, MDU donated bass clarinets, a baritone saxophone, pre-tuned hand drums, and electronic keyboards. During our visit, the students performed the theme song from The Blues Brothers and it was amazing to hear how professional they sounded! It's clear that our donation is being put to good use and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this wonderful program!