After announcing our very first scholarship, we received some wonderful articles.
We are delighted to see the importance music has in today’s youth.
So without further ado, the winner of RITC Scholarship (Formerly known as MMF Scholarship) goes to Heidi from Northern Arizona University. Heidi is majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and we wish her the best.
Also much thanks to the members of the Northern Arizona University for confirming Hedi’s enrollment and identity.
- Laurel Western | Office Manager at Northern Arizona University.
- Emilly Borthwick-Wong | Assistant Director at Northern Arizona University.
Ladies and gentleman, here is what a winning article looks like.
Once again, congratulations to Hedi!
PS: We’re also launching this year’s scholarship on January 29th, 2018.
What Is The Importance Of Music In Our Lives?
Music is the language that all souls can understand. No matter what tongue you may speak, or what the artist spoke, you can understand the feelings they wanted to convey through their music.
Song has the power to bring us to tears or cause our hearts to overflow with joy.
Music has healing properties we don’t yet fully comprehend. Music therapy helps improve the quality of life of veterans suffering from PTSD, major depression, and other conditions. individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have developed and improved their social, emotional, and motor skills using music.
There are Parkinson’s patients who can barely walk, yet can take steps by focusing on a musical rhythm, and can dance to a song with ease.
My grandmother was able to recall her favorite songs and play them on the piano almost flawlessly, even as Alzheimer’s disease stole every other memory away from her.
Music was one of the last things she lost. Personally, my artwork has always been strongly influenced by music. I have synesthesia, which is, essentially, a blending of the senses.
Among other things, this means the sounds I hear have distinct shapes and colors. Every music note, every beat, all the sounds made by different kinds of instruments. Whenever I hear music, I not only hear the sounds, I see them — shapes and colors that change by the second as the notes float through the air. Each one is unique and very distinctive.I find that the way I experience music enriches my art.
Sometimes I listen to a certain song over and over as I work on a certain art piece, because the shapes and colors and mood of those specific sounds lend me inspiration. When I listen to a playlist of my favorite songs while painting, it lets me lose myself completely in the colors. The worries and stress of the outside world just fades away.
Music has always played a big role in my life. I’ve played piano from a young age, and was involved in my school’s symphonic band for several years, mostly as a flute player. On my own time, I am currently learning guitar, and plan to learn percussion after that. I am indescribably grateful to my parents for starting my brother and I in piano lessons when we were young children — I firmly believe that was the foundation that shaped my love for and appreciation of music.
As a kid I resented having to take piano lessons, because I had no interest in them when I began, but I now see the value in what I learned. I have a greater appreciation for music and musicians, because I know firsthand the hard work that goes into a piece. And I have gained a deeper understanding of the art of music itself. It is important to us because it is powerful — it can change the mood of anyone who listens.
It can convey sorrow and fear and happiness and everything in between. It can physically lessen the pain of post-op patients and reduce the severity of chemotherapy side effects in those with cancer. It can reach into some part of a brain ravaged by dementia and make that person smile and speak for the first time in years. People around the world connect to one another through music.
It is immeasurably important to many cultures — listening to music is a way to spend time with others in your community, whether it be at a J. Cole concert or in a Navajo drum circle or an indie band playing at a tiny Seattle coffee shop. Music is an avenue to express identity and emotions.
It is a way to tell the stories that make us who we are. In music, we find a way to express things we can’t put in words. As Victor Hugo said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Composers put their soul into the music they write; when orchestras perform this music, they in turn pour their souls from their fingertips into the instruments they play.
Is it any wonder that the phrase “singing your heart out” is so well-known and understood? Music shapes us, through its ability to intertwine sound and emotion, into well-rounded people. We are better people for experiencing it, whether it be a four-movement symphony or a man strumming his guitar on a city corner.
Music lays bare the deepest feelings we are capable of having.