the benefits of music education are external and internal, varied and personal, and are typically overlooked when schools desire to save money. I was lucky to attend the school district I did, with music educators who shared their musical passion, knowledge, and time with students. weekly music lessons, theory instruction, with a selection of school instruments available - these treasures are not commonplace in every North American school district. music was incorporated into the flow of student life rather than added on solely as an after school activity and music educators were fiercely dedicated to the survival of their programs, working with administrators to seek creative ways for their continuation.
Jordan selected trays of red flowers from the shop’s garden display - Avery had discovered the need for two more in the midst of planting. children’s voices floated from the school playground across the street; Jordan smiled at the joy warmer spring days brought.
inside the shop, Jordan waited in line to pay, attempted to resist the cute chocolate eggs with toys inside, then, resistance failing, selected two, knowing Avery’s good-natured teasing would only last temporarily. plus, Jordan was bringing the flowers.
“more bad news,” said the person in the front of the line, motioning to a newspaper. “soon it’ll be just like that here.”
Jordan glanced at the headline and remained quiet. news certainly made the two countries seem quite alike, but eighteen years lived experience in one, and over a decade in the other, made Jordan aware of many subtle yet important distinctions.