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- Adult Participation in Community
- The number of community bands in the United States is rising,
- adults in community bands cite two main reasons for their
- 1) social environment
- 2) pursuit of happiness and excellence
- The overwhelming majority of participants in community
- performed in school bands, and statistically, very few have
- private lessons on their instrument (generally less than 10%
- most community bands.)
- The trend toward community bands makes us believe that
- music directors are doing something right. The sense of
- community, aesthetics, and perseverance instilled in school
- members remains throughout life. Adults who play in
- bands come from different occupations and backgrounds.
- However, they are all taxpayers, they can vote, and through
- actions they are advocates for music education.
- Here are some quotes from members of a Japanese community
- band about the reasons they are musicians:
- "I feel it gives me a rich life." (Nurse)
- "It helps to keep good communication between my husband
- myself. I feel good when we get applause from the audience
- we are on stage." (Housewife)
- "The music I play helps me to express myself. Music is
- of my life." (Office worker)
- "I like to continue to pursue the joy of learning."
- "This is the only thing I can do." (Operator)
- "I get frustrated if I just listen to music." (Junior high
- "I can't forget the emotion [happy moments] when we
- concert." (University student)
- "I can forget about myself." (Salesman)
- "I never forget the impression of beautiful harmony."
- "I can see the communication among the city people."
- "Since I started to play music when I was little, if I
- feel I can keep my childhood feeling and memory."
- "Music is the oasis of my heart. Through music I can
- myself." (Doctor)
- "Being a musician is, I think, the order from God. As long
- music exists in the universe, I will continue." (Computer
- "For my life." (Bookstore clerk)
- Encourage your students to keep playing and singing after
- leave school. It will lead to more music supporters in
- community and an enriched life for your former students.
- Source: "Participation in Community and Company Bands in
- Japan" by Deborah A. Sheldon. Published in "Update:
- Applications of Research in Music Education." Vol.17 No.1,
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