Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Everybody Deserves Music

Imagine a world without music. No music at all. No Happy Birthday song over your cake. No radio in your car. No Pandora. No iTunes. No CDs or LPs or ancient 8 Tracks or 45s or cassettes. No Holiday Muzak in the mall. No guitars by the camp fire. No soundtracks in movies. No symphony. No opera. No rock n' roll, jazz, blues, country, gospel, rap, or reggae. No dance. No toe tapping. No whistling. No humming in the kitchen. No sweet lullabies for your babies...

Sounds awful, doesn't it? Intolerable even. Music is so much more than background noise. It bridges a place between our minds, hearts, and souls, connecting the dots between the myriad thoughts and feelings we experience in a day. We have personal soundtracks to our lives, and theme songs that express for us what we can't quite put into words. We feel music in our bodies, resonating with tones that soothe, inspire and heal. Music encourages us to be our best selves, and sometime to simply carry on. Music pulses from within us, and connects us in ways we seldom think about. Music is important.

I've known Kit Cressaty all her life, since we moved in next door to her family when she was a tiny baby. She's now a beautiful, talented, enthusiastic music teacher, who gives her all to her students. Kit knows music to be an important part of any child's education, and is about to give almost a year of her own time to go to Austria for further training. She needs our help to make this happen. I'll let Kit explain it further...



"I teach elementary school music... and I am 100% convinced that it is what I have been designed to do.  I am like a small child at Disneyland every moment I get to create music with my 1st-5th grade students.  Orff Schulwerk-- the approach to music education I am certified to teach-- is, in my opinion, the BEST way to educate students in music and movement.


The Orff Institute is located in Salzburg, Austria. Every two years, they offer a Special Course in Advanced Music and Dance Education for current , Orff Certified music teachers.  Offered to 15 educators in the World, I have been lucky enough to have been selected! You see, if Orff Schulwerk was a swimming pool, I'd be on the first step in the shallow end. There is so much more I can learn and experience.  That is why I am leaving my job and jet-setting to Austria for the 9-month program.


This is where YOU come in.  I am having an incredibly hard time convincing the US   Banks, as well as the federal government that I should qualify for a student loan.  A personal loan boasts 24% interest, which makes my stomach hurt.


So. Bottom line. I am leaning on YOU. My friends. My family. 


Go to the "HELP" page of this website and click on the "donate" button. It will take you directly to my paypal site where you can safely "send me to Austria"."


Please visit Kit's website for more information, and to donate whatever you can to help her keep music alive and well in the world. Every dollar helps. Thank you so much!

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"Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand. "
Carl Orff 

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
Victor Hugo

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kim music has always been a strong part of my life. Whether I'm listening to it, making it or thinking about it. My 107 year old Aunt still plays a mean boogy woogy on the piano! With all the cut backs that have been going on for the last 10 years or so I think what this young woman is doing is just fantastic. Is it a great time in the ecconomy to ask for money no but how could I not. I have gladly contibuted to her cause and hope to read about her on your website in the future. Beth

Kim Miles ~ said...

Thank you Beth!!! xoxoxo