April 18, 2016 @ 9:56 AM
One of my fondest memories of elementary school was learning to play the recorder. I cherished the cheap, plastic instrument as if it were a silver flute. I remember the thrill of learning to create notes and harmonies with my classmates. I’m sure our beautiful melodies were abrasive to adult ears, but to us they were magical.
My music career petered out after grade school. I ditched the violin for the school newspaper. Even though I’m not a recorder maestro, my early foundation of music education has had lasting benefits.
I’m not the only one. Studies show that children who take music lessons have a greater understanding of language, and score higher on spelling tests. They are more likely to stay in school, and more likely to graduate. Childhood music lessons can even improve memory later in life.
But when schools face budget cuts, music programs are often the first to go. That’s why VH1 Save The Music Foundation is on a mission to put instruments back in the hands of children across the country. Since 1997, the nonprofit has kept the music alive by providing more than $50 million in new musical instruments to our public schools.
Trell Thomas at school giving an instrument delivery with A Great Big World and Sponsor Alex + Ani for VH1 Save the Music.