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Seminar Stresses Music Education

From: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ; May 1, 1999

By: Andrea Broyles

Cities around the country are beginning to realize the importance of early childhood music education, and Lubbock is no exception.

On Friday, Janeen Holmes, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Education Director, presented a seminar to attendees at the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras.

Holmes emphasized the need to begin music education and youth symphonies not only to benefit the large orchestras, but to help the future of the country.

“Because of 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.”

Holmes cited research that showed students exposed to music at an early age scored significantly higher on all portions of the SAT exam.

“Early 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.”

Holmes 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.

“We need 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.”

She also 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.

“Hopefully, they’ll spend the rest of their lives enjoying playing their instrument in a community group or being a patron.”

But, for Holmes, the best benefit of early youth music education is the benefits the students receive.

“I’ve seen these kids from different places come together as a group,” she said.

“It’s become 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.”

 

 

 

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