A totally compelling case for music education importance, presented by the Chorus of P. S. 22 in NYC. [We'll give you their story below.]
If 'the pen is mightier than the sword' and 'music speaks louder than words', then you are about to experience something more incredibly powerful than the sword or ANY words.
Anyone who is NOT moved even to tears of appreciation by what the choir of P. S. 22 has accomplished is, for sure, NOT capable of being affected by dry facts on a page.
So now, witness these kids and their brilliant teacher affect you with their music, THEN let someone try to tell you or your kids that music education importance should be rated as "not worth it"!
Here's the story of these marvelous kids and their awesome teacher:
"The PS22 Chorus was formed in the year 2000. We are an ever-changing group of 5th graders from a public elementary school in Staten Island, New York. We are NOT a school for the arts or a magnet program [Definition: In education in the United States, magnet schools are public schools with specialized courses or curricula. "Magnet" refers to how the schools draw students from across the normal boundaries defined by authorities - usually school boards - as school zones that feed into certain schools].
The chorus has become a bona fide internet sensation over the last few years, singing choral renditions of classic & alternative pop songs. The kids have sung with Tori Amos, Passion Pit, Crowded House, Common, Celtic Woman, & Matisyahu! They have also performed for President Obama and the first family, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Randy Jackson, Marcia Gay Harden, Nancy Pelosi, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Celebrity fans include Perez Hilton, Ashton Kutcher, Jason Mraz, Tom Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel), Suzanne Vega, Rob Dyrdeck, Innocence Mission, Bonnie Hunt, David Hasselhoff, Alyssa Milano, and many more.....
The PS22 Chorus has been seen on the VH1 Divas 2009 Special, Nightline, MTV, Good Morning America, and many more. The group was featured on National Public Radio, the BBC, and even Howard Stern."
Now watch a performance which illustrates the greatest of reasons for providing music education to all kids - their future.
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