We are now well into the 2008 campaign for President of the United State. Many of you who regularly read this column know that Music for All works tirelessly to elevate music and arts education as an issue on this largest of stages that will influence the direction of our nation. These efforts, combined with the efforts of many of our national partners have paid off… handsomely.
In the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Primaries and General election there was NEVER any mention about the importance of music and arts education. Not one. Maybe you could find a sentence or two in a position paper. But there was never any mention on the campaign trail, debates, or interview.
For 2008… the issue is everywhere. And this is a welcome and important change… because what is said during the Presidential campaign DOES matter. I’ll tell you why in a moment. First, let’s take a look at a small sampling of what is being said:
A long time and very good friend of mine, Tracy Leenman, sent me a note with this incredible and true story that was so compelling I realized that my own thoughts for this month were better saved for another day so I could share her inspirational thoughts with you. It is a story that transcends any of our programs, whether they are band, orchestra, general music or in this case, Choir…to give voice to the intangible intrinsic benefits that go beyond the music lessons… and become life lessons each of you share everyday.
What follows is Tracy's story: