#BuildBetterBrains Project

Making Music Makes You Smarter

As promised, the next video you are watching is from the new studio. There is still much work to be done, but it is exciting to be back in production!

Throughout my #BuildBetterBrains educational series I have said thanks many times. I was taught early in life to be appreciative of the things people do for me, so this is not a platitude. My appreciation of you and your support is heartfelt.

Clearly, the past year has been bizarre and trying for everyone. I would rather be rehearsing with fellow musicians, taking instruments into schools, and seeing first-hand those light bulbs illuminate as students discover the brain building benefits of studying music.

While we've kept our distance with virtual teaching and performances to protect one another and our students, I can't wait to rejoin them and you in person. We're almost there, thanks to scientists and health personnel (including some of my own former student-musicians) who are giving their all to help us.

Auld Lang Syne and Our Future

The music we associate with “Auld Lang Syne” is a traditional Scottish folk song. Robert Burns wrote the poem that would become the lyrics in 1788.

Since then, the tune and words have been used to celebrate the conclusion of momentous events, from graduations to funerals to Scout jamborees. Many of us most prominently associate it with the arrival of the new year, as we reflect on what has passed and what is to come.

Fundamentally, however, the prose of “Auld Lang Syne” reflects on friendship. It asks, “Should old acquaintance be forgot?” before recalling shared moments exploring the world. Finally, we are reminded about what matters: Taking care of one another.

“And there's a hand my trusty friend! / And give me a hand o' thine.”

To make this year better than the last, let us look for those opportunities to extend the hands of friendship. Let us look beyond our comfort zone and into the beautiful and exciting world. Discomfort is how we learn and grow. We build resilience. We build friendships. We find out that difference and challenge are not barricades to growth, but building blocks for our future, and one that is built better together with diverse people.

With that, I hope that you and your family are warm and healthy and looking forward to a bright and happy new year.

Let's #BuildBetterBrains Together

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Finally, please ask your friends and colleagues to join you in your support of this cause with a shout out on Facebook or post on Twitter or even a good old fashioned personal email. Thank you again. Let's make music together. Let's #BuildBetterBrains.


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