Music's Time Has Come
Last week in Salzburg, the town of Mozart's birth, musicians, composers, presenters, music educators, policymakers,funders and patrons, neuroscientists, and others who’ve spent a lifetime in the music field met to discuss the ways that music shapes our minds and our societies. The Salzburg Global Seminar titled, "Instrumental Value: The Transformative Power of Music" brought together 60 people from 23 countries and, out of the lively and informative sessions, brought
forward a joint statement which, I am sure, affirms for all of us, the reasons we believe so deeply in what we do as musicians and teachers.
Here is an excerpt from the "Salzburg Manifesto" and Sarah Lutman's excellent blog post on ArtsJournalblogs:
“The Value of Music: The Right to Play”
“The Salzburg Global Seminar meeting on The Transformative Power of Music believes that music is a proven gateway to engaged citizenship, personal development and well-being. Only through urgent and sustained action can we foster a new generation of energised, committed, self-aware, creative and productive members of society.
“ The inspiration and rewards unleashed by music are universal benefits that must be available to all as a human right. All children from the earliest age should have the opportunity to:
• unlock musical creativity,
• fulfil musical potential,
• develop musical expertise,
• shine for their musical achievements,
• encounter great music from all cultures, and
• share their new-found skills of creativity, teamwork, empathy, and discipline.
THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
I guess I would say that two of the most important forces in my life are the opening of oneself to experience and the disciplined development of our human potential. And these forces sometimes lead by "divining rod" to some wild and wondrous places.