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.