My Testimony for the Indiana Senate Education and Career Development Committee: SB 276
The first time I fell in love was the first time my fingers touched the smooth pearl keys of my saxophone in sixth grade. A lot of people might say that middle school was their least favorite time of their lives, and I’d agree with them, but what kept me sane during those awkward times was that hour of band everyday.
Many of you may have had sports, or a certain subject that was your passion. Music was mine, and its more than just a hobby- its a way of life.
I don’t know if many of you realize how much of a hotspot Indiana is for music, especially marching band. In the last ten years, an Indiana school has been named Bands of America Grand National Champion six times. There’s a reason students across Indiana take part in these activities- its for the sake of making music, and the opportunity to produce something special. These opportunities should be protected.
When it comes to these financial cuts in schools, music and the other fine arts are first in line. By securing music programs in schools throughout our state, Indiana would be making a statement of its commitment to the value of education as a whole.
I do not know where I would be if it wasn’t for music- it’s shaped who I am today. Through my involvement in music I have learned more than scales and solos- I have developed skills that are needed for the 21st Century workplace. I’ve learned critical thinking through music theory, problem solving through composing, and effective communication by playing in different ensembles. Music is its own language after all.
From the shy girl who picked up a saxophone for the first time, I grew to be the confident drum major, leading her 150 member band onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. I owe that to the music programs in my school corporation.
Thank you for your time, and please, pass this bill for the many present and future Hoosier music geeks across the state.