Today, Todd Rundgren's Spirit of Harmony Foundation released a statement in regards to the Covid shutdown's effects on music education, encouraging the public to help. Read the statement below:
We hope this email finds you and your loved ones doing well.
The Spirit of Harmony Foundation has been working closely with music programs and schools around the United States to assist them in accessing the resources they need to successfully navigate the challenges of school shutdowns, program closures, concert and event cancellations, and everything else this pandemic is bringing us.
What seemed impossible has become possible, thanks to the creativity and dedication of music educators, students, and their families. With virtual lessons and groundbreaking use of new technologies, they have kept music alive at a time when music is needed more than ever. Here is a webpage we have prepared with some helpful information and tips, and we welcome any additional information that you would like to share with our Spirit of Harmony family. We are in uncharted waters, and information sharing is essential.
When schools and programs shut down in mid-March, a new era of Music Education began. This all may still be a work-in-progress, but it is becoming clear that some of the limitations that have kept music OUT of schools have become irrelevant in light of new technologies and virtual programming. Transportation and practice space are no longer an issue. Student location is no longer an issue. Access to technology was not much of an issue previously but is now a major issue. The playing field has changed.
As Advocates for Music Education, our task is clear. When schools resume, we must do what we can to ensure that music is a part of the "new normal." Music Education is such a vital part of neurological, social, academic, and artistic development, the Spirit of Harmony considers it a Moral Imperative for all children regardless of socioeconomic status, geographic location, or ability. Please visit our Music Education Advocacy Toolkit for ideas on how you can do your part to advocate for music education in your own community.
Given the changes in how music lessons can be delivered to students, it is possible to make major gains for all children to have access to Music Education if we focus on new ideas. Thank you, Brave Adventurers!