In February, the 7th and 8th grade band students were asked the following question:

Why is music important in your life, and to the world as a whole?

 Here is just a sampling of the wonderful responses that were given…

(Please note that only the students' initials have been used to protect them in this online format)

 

“Music lifts up your soul and releases it.” – K. D. 

“Music is what moves everyone, and without it, life would be pointless.” – D. D. 

“Music is important because it can describe people, places, movies, or animals that words can’t.  Without music, the world would have a hard time understanding other things.” – B. P.

“Music is important because it helps you express yourself in ways that you can’t with normal talking.”– S. L.

“Music is important to me because it gives me something to look forward to everyday.” – K. K.

“Music is important because it allows people to be creative and it offers more life to people.” – K. B. 

“Music is important in my life because it gives me something to do.  I think it is important to the world because it helps people feel better and can give them hope.” – J. K.

“Music is important in my life because I always have something to sing along to and relate to.  It is important to the world as a whole because it brings us together.” – A. G.

“Music is the highlight of my day!  After a rough day, I like to listen to music to lift my spirits.”– M. W. 

“Music gives you something to listen to on long drives.” – H. R.

 “Life without music would be boring… no background music for movies, and life would sound dull.” – A. Z. 

“I think music is important because music is a way that people can express themselves and if people couldn’t express themselves there would be a lot more violence in the world.” – A. S.

“Music, without it there would be silence, less joy, and darker times.” – B. S.

 “Music puts the life and excitement into the world.  Music is a part of my everyday life, from the radio in the morning to chorus and band class at school.  Without music, I wouldn’t be who I am today. S. P. 

“I play a lot of video games, so I hear a lot of music with it.  I may not notice, but the music provides more depth to the situation.” – M. M.

 “Music is important to my life because it makes dancing and singing a lot easier.  It also makes life interesting and hardcore!” – E. C.

 “Music is important to people’s lives because it makes things better when things aren’t going right in the world.” – T. M. 

 “Music isn’t important in my life, it IS my life.  From flute, to piano, to guitar, it pretty much controls my life.  In the case of the world, it unites it with happiness and continues and tells histories of civilization.” – S. P. 

“Music is important in my life because music has cool beats, and music is fun and keeps me happy.” – R. M.

 “Music is so much a part of my life that I don’t know what I would do if there was none.  The world is greatly changed by music.  People don’t notice, but music changes people’s moods, feelings, and even their actions.” – M. H. 

“Music is very important in my life because I worship God when I play at church, and because it takes me away from doing stuff that is bad.” – K. B.

 “Without music, there would be nothing to do.  There wouldn’t be video games, TV shows, or concerts to go to.” – M. P. 

“When I am feeling bad, it helps me not feel bad.  Music is important in life because you need it for your national anthem.” – A. V. 

“Music is important in my life because I listen to it everyday.  It helps me relax.” – M. J. 

“Without band, I wouldn’t have met all of my friends here at Madison Middle School.” – J. L.

 “Music is important because it is a way to express myself.  It shows how someone feels.  It just adds to everything.” – L. H.

 “Music is important to me because it expresses feelings and some of the beats get you into the mood of the music.” – E. G. 

“I like that I can make people happy doing what I like.” – Z. Z. 

“Without music, our life would be very, very boring.  It’s something that every culture has in common, no matter what.” – L. K.

 “Music can bring peace, but it can also get me pumped.” – T. W. 

“I can’t imagine Christmas without music.” – D. V.

 “Music is an outburst of the soul.” – I. B.   

“Whenever I am sad, I play my music and it makes me happy.” – K. Y.

“Life without music is like fasting for a teen – boring, painful, and dull.  Every morning I wake up to music filling my dreams until I realize that the wonderful melody is coming from my alarm telling me to get going.  That’s not only where this wonderful gift fits into my day.  Several minutes later, I take a shower with the radio cranked, but unfortunately my voice doesn’t flow to the song as well.  In the car ride to school, again music and again I sing (too bad for my neighbors!).  To make school worth living, there’s band – a time to let the mind wander, a time to relax and put my music skills to test.  Thankfully I play better than I sing!  Besides my music life, think about yours.  Your cell phone goes off and what do you hear – music.  A parade with the melodious sounds, but then it’s taken away and the parade comes to a rest.  Without the joy of music, there’s no point in life, unless life to you is no sound at all.” – M. M.