Support Music Education


I support music education because it has played a vital role in my
life. I had very difficult behavioral challenges as a child. I was
defiant. I was expelled from three schools and was hospitalized three
times because of mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. I was
diagnosed with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and a
behavior disorder.At the end of tenth grade, my defiance was at
its peak and contributed to my third expulsion from school. Like a
defiant child, I told my parents that I was not going back to school
unless they found a way for me to play the drums more during the school
day.Weeks later, my mother discovered the Long Island High School for the
Arts. I was accepted and life changed for me completely. My
grades went up, my behavior improved, and I discovered my mission in
life. This is how I reaped the benefits of music education. I remember
my adolescence as a time of life-changing transformation. Today I am
honored to mentor musically-minded teens on the faculty at the Long Island High School for the
Arts.Now I am a professional drummer and I love my
job. I am happy, healthy, and I am in control of my own behavior.
Instead of defiance, I’ve found positive ways to express myself. Like
everyone, I suffer from periodic stress. When I sit behind my drums and
play, I experience relief, emotional expression, and a wonderful
connection with other people.Music education is extremely
beneficial for children and adults. If you type “benefits of music
education” into a search engine you will discover tons of research done
on the positive effects music education has on people. The best-known
benefits of music education are improved SAT scores, literacy, and
social skills.One famous study was done by Profiles of SAT and
Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, 1998. The researchers who
conducted this study concluded that students who participate in music
score higher on the SAT. Another popular SAT study showed that students
who performed music scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points
higher on the math, than those who were not musical. Students who take
music appreciation classes score 63 points higher on the verbal and 44
points higher on the math, compared to students who don’t participate
in the arts.Although much of the research about music education
focuses on children, there are many benefits of music education for
adults. According to a study done by the American Music Conference in
1998, retired adults who took keyboard classes reported decreased
anxiety, decreased depression, and decreased loneliness when compared
to a control group. I believe that music education is just as important
for adults as it is for children.As a proud supporter of the
Fender Music
Foundation (formerly the Guitar Center Music Foundation), I
encourage you to support music education. You can do this through
becoming an advocate or making a donation. When you purchase anything
through my website,, a portion
of your purchase will be donated to the Fender Music
Foundation. Music education has improved my life a great
deal, and I hope you will join me in supporting it. Please make
learning music a part of your life.

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