Freedom and Unity

Happy Independence Day!

This year it feels a little different, doesn’t it? Freedom, individual liberty, the social contract, and patriotism have all become embroiled in controversy. We are a country that holds its history dear, and tries to live up to the legacy of freedom our founding fathers instituted. But with all the different ideas out there on what exactly that means, we have a lot of division in our country. Wherever you sit on the political, social, or ideological spectrum, it is a turbulent time to be an American.

Which, in our view, makes Kindermusik all the more valuable. Here at Song of the Heart Studios we strive to be inclusive and welcoming to all. We appreciate every person that contributes to our studio family. We recognize that it is through our diversity that we can appreciate the spectrum of humanity.

Children ARE the future, and there is no way around that. It’s our job, as the people that brought them here, to protect and prepare them. If they are going to enter adulthood in this world and be able to thrive, we need to give them the best foundation possible. And that all comes through connection and attachment. The more you connect with your little one now, the more confident and skilled they will become as they grow and enter society. And bringing them to Kindermusik at this tender age is truly giving them the best developmental foundation you could ask for.

Music is a universal human experience. All evolutions of human culture for millennia have had music. Humans use their bodies for percussion and their voices for singing and chanting. We have made musical instruments from natural resources. We’ve developed different systems of tonality. All humans have experienced music in their life. All people are innately and inherently musical.

As a universal experience, music can be a great unifier. There’s nothing quite like raising our voices in song together that can bond a group of people. Or the shared experience of live music at an outdoor concert. In a world of division we need more connection. And we can get that through music.

So dive in to the music of your soul, and the music that lives inside your very cells. Listen to your body’s rhythm, move freely in joyful dance. Teach that freedom of joyful dance and music making to your children. May we all have more freedom, more unity, and more MUSIC.

Music: A Bridge Over Cultural Divides

Frustration, anger, division, sorrow, shock, anguish. These are the things we are seeing in the news, in our social media, in our neighborhoods, in our families. To varying degrees we are all affected by current events and the social climate. A global pandemic has put stresses upon us in a way nothing else quite has, and when we are fractured and vulnerable, new shock waves are echoing through our communities. Long simmering suffering is erupting into protests and action in frightening ways.

During this time of pain we can turn to our Song of the Hearties community for a splash of joy. We can turn to music as a balm for a troubled soul and as a rallying cry to inspire us to action.

Music is the universal language. Music is a universal art form. No matter what cultures divide us, music can unite us. As part of being an inclusive community, it is important that we elevate minority voices. Music is an excellent tool to teach our children about diversity.

Take this time to hold your little ones close and sing them a spiritual; black spirituals such as “Sing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and “Go Down, Moses” are religious folk songs that developed amongst the slaves on Southern plantations as their African musical traditions were permeated over time with Christian worship. Many common folk songs are thought to have black roots, songs such as “All the Pretty Little Ponies”. Jazz music, the blues, Mo-Town – these are just some examples of the rich musical heritage of Black Americans.

Not sure about how to talk about race with your littles? Start with music. Take some time to enjoy the music of Black artists and appreciate their contribution to our collective culture.

And if you need 4 minutes of comfort and hope, listen to the united voices of Shades of Yale, a singing group of black and minority students at Yale that are dedicated to singing Black music. Here is their signature piece, performed pandemic-style, recorded and posted just a couple of weeks before recent events. Let these beautiful voices of color seep into your heart.