Last updated on November 15, 2019 at 02:15 pm
March is Music in our Schools Month. Teachers’ Insurance Plan of NJ proudly supports New Jersey schools. Our employee Rebecca B. speaks about how music arts is part of balanced education.
I grew up with a hand-me-down record collection. Today I relive so many memories just by playing certain records like Three Dog Night or Dean Martin. Even catching a tune by Engelbert Humperdinck (yes, you read that correctly) helps me remember times spent with those who are no longer here. Music has always had that kind of power for me.
That’s why I think music is such an important part of a complete education. March is “Music in the Schools” month and it’s a great time to celebrate music in the classroom. Growing up, my school didn’t have a band of any kind. So I’m amazed, and a little jealous, when younger members of my family are able to participate in events like marching band competitions. It enables them to meet other kids they might not otherwise encounter. Music has proven to help children improve cognitive thinking skills and give focus to students struggling with learning disabilities. Music has a way of connecting us. It has a way of soothing the savage beast, aka “teen angst.” But don’t worry – music also soothes adult angst quite well too.
The amazing power of music doesn’t end there. It can connect us globally as well. With these newfangled MP3 players, our music libraries have exploded into eclectic treasure troves. At least I hope they have. I’d hate to think that with such a vast resource of music most people are only obsessed with the latest flash in the pan. Before iTunes existed I had no idea what folks on the other side of the world listened to. Now I have that opportunity and can enjoy artists like Miss Li from Sweden and Gin Wigmore from New Zealand. If that isn’t a hefty dose of awesome sauce then I don’t know what is.
I still have that old hand-me-down record collection I started with years ago and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. Music is a big part of who I am and it’ll be a large part of who I become. It’s a powerful art form that inspires us to do so much more than we think we’re capable of doing. It bridges gaps, mends broken hearts and has kept karaoke machine companies in business for years.
Now, since Plymouth Rock Assurance is one of New Jersey’s largest auto insurance companies it only makes sense that we talk about the ultimate roadtrip playlist. Below are some favorites from my latest go-to playlist – Lets hear some of yours?