Music, just in itself won't change much, in any permanent sense. The Symphony For Life program can change things however, because they are more than just music; they will combine music, active learning, fun, structure, skills, guidance, encouragement, mentoring, association and a sense of belonging, combining in a harmonious collaboration – the creation of a musical community with purpose and commitment – guided by the teaching artists.
Above all, the programs will be driven with a challenge: for the child to strive for something which isn’t easy, but which represents intriguing, difficult fun, and a courageous act. This process is not unlike the challenge of a difficult video game, but in this case the child gets to play the tunes! It’s even addictive like a video game, and like many video games, it’s collaborative: you work together in teams.
Mastering an instrument and playing it with your friends is a wonderful and rewarding experience. And because the child accepts the challenge, there is nothing required to force the child to learn, practice or perform, no more than you have to force a child to play a video game!
What outcomes can we expect?
There are three principle areas where we expect measurable improvement and transformation: