Currently I have four children in the Petaluma School District, and all of them benefit from the music programs. From my trombone player, to my trumpet player, they all are doing wonderful things. This weekend the Music Festival will raise another enormous amount of money for these programs throughout the district. My gratitude to all the musicians that participated and entertained all of the public on a cloudly Saturday.
Music is the key in many respects when it comes to the development of the brain. It has long been the general belief that the learning of a musical instrument increases the capicity to learn. If these programs disappeared from the system it would be a great tragedy to all. If you are wondering about the results of these programs, keep your eye open for the next program featuring the Varisity Jazz Musicians from our local high schools. They are fabulous, and under superb direction.
I took piano lessons for over twelve years, and under the strict guidance of Ruth Caulfield. Ruth Caulfield was one of the "old guards" of Petaluma, and her constant requirement of memorizations and completion of pieces helped me throughout my undergraduate and graduate years.
Hats off to all of the people who work so hard to keep Music in our schools, it is a very important part of a successful education. Like me, they will have the knowledge to read music forever, and they will continue to play long after their schooling is over. The gift of music is unmatchable, and may this 2012-2013 school year have flourishing musicians to enjoy.