VH1's Noble Attempt to 'Save the Music'
By Kyle McCarthy from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Chord Progression Blog Series
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
As a recently emancipated substitute teacher, I can personally attest to the poor education that our young people are receiving. Not only are many of our school facilities literally crumbling, but the general attitude towards learning has also taken a serious hit among faculty and students (in equal measure). Educators are becoming disenfranchised by the numbing rigidity of the accepted curriculum, while many students simply do not care about the education they are[n't] receiving.
At this point, it would be easy to launch a sardonic diatribe directed at the various administrators and politicians who seem to be facilitating the education crisis, but that wouldn’t actually help the situation. Instead, I’d like to take a minute to champion the virtues of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. Save the Music is an organization that is dedicated toward preserving a portion of the curriculum that is often over-looked or completely ignored; Musical Instruction and Appreciation.
Save The Music
The Save the Music Foundation was founded in 1997 on the master idea that music education equals brainpower. The guiding concept behind the non-profit organization is that providing musical instruction for our students reinforces a valuable contribution to the Arts, while also propelling our young people’s interest in other subjects and acquiring knowledge in general.
Over the past 15 years, Save the Music has had a significant impact on our nation’s young people. The figures speak to the foundation’s tremendous influence:
- The foundation has raised and appropriated nearly $50 million in musical instruments.
- These instruments have been distributed in a classroom setting to more 1,800 public schools in over 100 schools throughout the United States.
- All told, almost 2 million students have been directly affected by this program.
Music education isn’t just about implementing an alternative subject into the curriculum. As the figures of ADD and ADHD continue to rise, people are beginning to look for less conventional approaches. Many health care providers and educators are beginning to view music therapy as an excellent means toward controlling symptoms of these disorders by channeling some of their effects toward positive outlets.
A Calming Influence
Music is one of the more calming pastimes in which human beings participate. Therefore, a proper musical instruction is paramount in reducing the negative symptoms of both ADD and ADHD. According to Doris Jeanette, PsyD, a psychologist in Philadelphia, “Music is an age-old way to heal, and it works exceedingly well for children with ADHD… Music reduces the anxiety you have in your body, and when you’re talking about kids with ADHD symptoms, all they have is anxiety.”
There are many ways that you can get involved in the Save the Music program in your community. Visitors are invited to make a direct financial donation through the foundation’s website. Or, if you are interested in raising funds on behalf of Save the Music, there is a quick and simple form to fill out on the website.
In addition to donating, interested parties can offer support by attending any of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation fundraising events or concerts associated with the organization. Earlier this month, Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw announced that special tickets benefiting a number of charities (including VH1’s Save the Music) can be purchased through the website www.ticketsforcharity.com. Another fun event sponsored by Save the Music is the Songwriters Music Series which features artists like Robin Thicke, The Band Perry, and Andy Grammer and serves to benefit the foundation.
While VH1 (originally known as VH-1: Video Hits One) has radically deviated from their original paradigm of broadcasting hours of music videos and programming to a regimen of reality-based pop culture shows, it’s encouraging that they still believe in the power of music to influence and improve our lives.