Why I'm Glad That I Participated In My School's Music Program

Why I'm Glad That I Participated In My School's Music Program

Thank you for the music.

Many people are exposed to music daily, whether they listen to it on the radio, if they go out on a Friday night and the DJ is playing their favorite song, or an artist drops a huge album randomly one day. Music is all around us and, thankfully, I have a great appreciation for all types of music.

1. It helped me find my passion.

Currently, I am pursuing my degree in Music Education. Without music classes, I would have never been exposed to the amazing opportunities that I have been given through music. I started playing violin in fourth grade and I have been playing it for 12 years. Throughout this time, I have had many leadership opportunities, I received awards and scholarships, and I am currently in a special program at my university that gives me teaching experience before some of my other colleagues. If I did not decide to pick up a violin so long ago, I have no idea where I would be right now.

2. It helped me make friends.

Being in an ensemble (whether you are in band, choir, or orchestra), you spend a lot of time with the same people. You spend hours in rehearsal and on buses going to competitions and performances. Some of these people can grow to become your closest friends. I met my current best friend in marching band (we were both in color guard) and we are both thankful for it bringing us together. Even now, in my time at university, some of my closer friends are ones who I met in my ensembles.

3. The teachers were supportive.

Every music teacher who I had in my K-12 schooling was always so supportive of my dream to become a music teacher. They were all top-notch educators and I wanted to be just like them. Three of my music teachers are actually graduates of my current school (Bowling Green State University), so they were definitely a huge inspiration to me. Another teacher of mine won a Grammy for Music Educator of the Year and yet another is known as one of the best music teachers in the state. Having them pave the way for my future teaching career was great and I still go back to them for advice and opportunities.

4. It has inspired many other people.

I am one of those cases where I made music my career. There are other people who also love music, but who may want to study engineering or business. Music can still inspire many students to excel and achieve all that they can do, musically and academically. There are cases of students who only come to school because of the music program that was offered. The same goes for art programs as well. If the school were to take out the programs that students loved, they would no longer come to school. Music inspires so many students to do what they love and that's what I want to do with my future profession.

Music in the schools is more than just a pathway for a performer to make it to the Berlin Philharmonic. Music teaches many life skills for students of all ages. It helps kids form social skills, develop leadership skills, and use both sides of their brain. So, support the music programs in your local school systems. Allow the children to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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