Seminar Stresses Music Education
the country are beginning to realize the importance of early childhood
music education, and Lubbock is no exception.
Janeen Holmes, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Education Director, presented
a seminar to attendees at the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras.
emphasized the need to begin music education and youth symphonies not
only to benefit the large orchestras, but to help the future of the
all the statistics that are coming out about the Mozart effect and the
1998 SAT scores, we have to increase early childhood education,” she
said. “There is all of this
wonderful scientific proof that music makes a difference.”
research that showed students exposed to music at an early age scored
significantly higher on all portions of the SAT exam.
childhood music can make such a difference in intelligence level that it
makes everyone in this field want it,” she said.
“We need to
start working together on elementary music curriculums.”
showcased several of Lubbock’s youth education programs including the
Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony School.
“We have great
programs at the local school,” she said.
awareness and private funding.
Funding is always an issue but all most places need is someone who just
knows about what a difference it can make.”
pointed out that the program provides a benefit to the larger symphony
as the youth performers grow older.
“For the past
four or five years, there have been approximately 12 youth orchestra
alumni performing with the symphony,” Holmes said.
they’ll spend the rest of their lives enjoying playing their instrument
in a community group or being a patron.”
Holmes, the best benefit of early youth music education is the benefits
the students receive.
these kids from different places come together as a group,” she said.
the ‘cool’ thing to be in it.
They’re respected for their dedication and they have friends that share
their interests. They feel
validated and accepted.”
"Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song." Psalms 95:2
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music." Psalms 98:4