From the stark streets of New Orleans to the backwoods of British Columbia, this coming Monday more than 1,700 school children will unite in song to commemorate the seventh annual Music Monday. Despite the difference in time zones, all the children will be singing the same melody at the same time (1 pm).
The chosen song is I Wanna Play, written by Aaron Tippin, a country music star. Music Monday is about many magical and wonderful things and 650,000 students in 65 school districts in the United States and 1,679 in Canada have registered and are expected to attend. According to the sponsors of this important event, the National Association of Music Merchants and the Coalition of Music Education, its purpose is to instill an appreciation for and an understanding of the benefits of music education and all the things that come with that.
Musicians of all talents and levels will be celebrated on Music Monday, as the unspoken promise is that everyone will be given an opportunity to be heard. School auditoriums from coast to coast will be brimming with music emanating from singing choir members and the dazzling blare of trombones.
Music is an avenue to success for many low-income youths, as it boosts school attendance, self-esteem and group acceptance. One recent study that was conducted by UCLA and published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in March of 2011 discovered that people involved in playing drums were less anxious and experienced less stress.
Music is a timeless universal remedy for the trials and tribulations that accompany the human experience.
Listen to some music today and…rejoice.