A couple of weekends back, I caught up with a friend after she performed in a jazz recital. In 2019 she returned to school to study music to further her music career. She is a Pop vocalist who found herself in a compulsory jazz theory class. At the beginning of the semester, she was not happy. It was hard and she struggled with the concepts. She said to me, “there is music theory and then there is jazz theory,” making hand gestures about the different levels of difficulty. We talked some more and then she said, “I’m so glad I pushed myself. I found a new voice.”
It was like she discovered a new language; a new way to tell a story. What she actually discovered was a new part of herself. It always existed but needed the right set of circumstances to emerge. Isn’t that one of the greatest moments as a teacher, when a student has an epiphany about what they have learned. And bang, all of a sudden you see the light bulb turn on and they get it. She had gotten it! What an amazing win for education, the industry and, her fans.
Music’s diversity allows students to find their unique voice. For my friend, it was in jazz, for your students it could also be in traditional music or the contemporary side of the art. For example, maybe it’s in learning to score a film, creating leitmotifs for their favorite gaming character, remixing a recording of their band or being introduced to the exciting world of DJ’ing and electronic music. Perhaps it’s in a blend of the old and the new that uncovers their unique voice.
Our Suite of classroom music programs is uniquely designed to help you introduce students to industry concepts and aids your efforts to help students find their voice.
In the video below some students share how MusicEDU's programs helped them find their creative voice.