Disability Help Center - Las Vegas - August 2019



August 2019

SINGING IN THE KEY OF JOY! MY MAGICAL WORLD OF MUSIC: O n Aug. 4, 1901, famous trumpeter, composer, and vocalist Louis Armstrong was born. Armstrong’s passion for jazz inspired those

years, in addition to trying to master these instruments, I spent as much time singing as I possibly could. Musician Lou Rawls once said, “Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” To me, in addition to being the greatest form of communication, singing is also a way to lift your spirits when you feel down, and it’s one of the best ways to feel connected with those who listen or join in. Now that I have children of my own, music plays a huge role in our home. In fact, all of my children play an instrument and sing. They now play lead in their concerts and sing for school and church events. I love sharing my passion for music with my family, and I enjoy assisting my kids with their practice and watching their skills improve. While I had always planned on bringing my love for music into my home as a wife and mother, ample scientific studies corroborate musicians’ claims about the benefits of playing instruments and singing. Researchers and doctors have found that exposing infants and babies in the womb to music helps build the neural bridges used to process information and personal thoughts. In fact, studies have found that babies even have a preference for the same music they heard in the womb once they are born! Other studies report that early music exposure and instruction have benefits on the development of perceptual skills, which affect language and literary abilities and fine motor coordination. It’s for these reasons, along with my own personal experiences enjoying music, that I believe all schools should devote time and resources to a musical program

around him to embrace music with the same gusto, and, while I’ve always been more of an admirer of the classical composers, I can’t help but regard Armstrong’s true enthusiasm as an impetus for my own decision to immerse myself in the magical world of music. I was only 6 when I started taking piano lessons, and I was smitten right away. The early stages of learning an instrument like the piano are wonderful because you get to hear the benefits of your hard work with your own ears. A few measly notes quickly grow into full-fledged songs, and, after all these years, I still think learning how to play an instrument is one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have.

“A few measly notes quickly grow into full- fledged songs, and after all these years, I still think learning how to play an instrument is one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have.”

students of all ages can enjoy. In my mind, learning an instrument, singing more often, or even just checking out different musical genres can better the lives of everyone. It’s never too late to give it a try!

After playing the piano for two years, I decided to take up the violin, and, eventually, the guitar. Growing up, I remember countless days full of lessons and hours upon hours of weekly practices. Fortunately, all that practice paid off when I was top of my music classes at school and the first to land a spot in our concerts — all the way from elementary school to high school. During all these

–Elizabeth Packard

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