Sunday, January 18, 2015

Another Study to Support Benefits to Studying Music


Check out this Washington Post article, Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did To You.  

Thought I'd also share part of a letter sent by MYA Alum, Doug Roewer, who is working as a nurse.  He talks about one of patients.

Hi Dr. Dennis!

. . . .Every year the one thing I always look forward to is the chance to play at MYA and the Alumni Orchestra -- with you at the helm.  Believe me, this is the one thing I always look forward to more than anything, and it's something I never take for granted.  This year I've taken care of a lot of sick people and have assisted in many therapeutic procedures ending with us having be the bearer of unexpected bad news.  One procedure I assist with is something called endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) where we assess, biopsy, and grade newly discovered "growths". This year I had a 57 year old guy tell me something in the recovery room after the Doctor gave him bad news (he was told he had inoperable pancreatic cancer). After my patient was dressed in the recovery room and on his way out the door with his wife, he told me something I was totally not expecting, "I wish I had never quit playing the violin."...talk about regrets.  I don't know what's happened to this guy since we gave him his awful diagnosis 3-months ago, but what he said really made me appreciate what I have and I wanted to let you know how much you and MYA still mean to me. . . . 

Seems an added benefit of music is the aesthetic/spiritual dimension of life that is added by actually expressing yourself through making music.  I've never heard from anyone who said they were happy they gave up music lessons.  Have you?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Voices Rising students sing for the McDonald's "Signs" commercial

Five Voices Rising students from the Midwest Young Artists choral program are featured on this new McDonald's commercial. The power of their performance is striking, and we are proud of their accomplishment!




For additional information, check out this Article from the Daily North Shore.