Day One I told you how I fell in love. Day Two, I described my vision for The Beethoven Project beginning at a school. Day Three, you learned about Finale 1, the football field “show” and Day Four about the DSO concert. Now, what do I see happening after that? The following year, this school has a Mozart Project, or Brahms perhaps?
Meanwhile, other schools now want to start The Beethoven Project for their students. It could spread from school to school, community to community, state to state. And in each of the school children, their hearts are now changed forever and they are now not only searching out other composers they might like, but are also little musical ambassadors, telling friends and family about their new love.
I never had any interest in paintings at all until one day a woman came to our school and talked to us for 2 hours about Van Gogh’s ‘Starry, Starry Night’. I was starting to see so much more in it!!! Then, I wanted to see other Van Gogh paintings and could begin to appreciate works by other painters, too. One single painting opened the door to the world of art for me.
In music, we need to start with one piece and immerse ourselves in it to foster a deep, lasting love. Why does playing an instrument also help foster a love for classics? Repetitive listening that occurs when we are rehearsing a piece. When I played in youth orchestras as a kid, each piece became engraved in me, and the love grew.
For these school children I described in The Beethoven Project, their bodies are their instruments and, without having to learn an instrument first, they are getting the chance to have the music engraved in them by doing the repetitive motions to the piece. Later, of course they may certainly want to play an instrument, and would probably do very well, having this love in them, but even if they don’t, the love and hunger for great music will still be there. This is what our city lacks, a hunger for the great. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8.
Tomorrow: practical considerations.