Friedrich Nietzche couldn’t have been more precise when he observed that, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Plato on his part said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
In recognition of the important role that music plays in enhancing the quality of life, the ever-innovative citadel of learning, Faith Standard Schools, organized Music Day events across all her campuses.
At the Faith Standard Montessori Centre, staff and pupils rolled out the drums and various musical instruments to mark their Music Day in grand style. The Day was principally aimed at sensitizing the pupils on how music affects their lives and impacts the society.
Impacts on Pupils
The Music Day afforded pupils of the school opportunities to showcase their innate talents, discover latent potentials and learn how to play various musical instruments. The pupils honed their skills as they laid their fingers on recorder, violin, drums, etc., filling the airwaves with really good MUSIC – or what you might call Melody Under Sonorous Instrumental Control.
Through the various activities, pupils got their minds etched with the consciousness of school as a place to long for. They got to understand education as a phenomenon beyond the four walls of their classrooms. The event infused the pupils with confidence, belief in their God-given talents, ability to face a crowd and boldness to articulate their minds, thereby overcoming various kinds of social phobia, especially enochlophobiaand glossophobia.
Impacts on Society
Music can be a veritable tool to stem the disturbing tide of depression in the society. It might even help prevent suicide. An event like Music Day affords pupils opportunities to infuse their emotions with positive vibes which clear every iota of depression and moodiness that can lead to destructive habits. Good music can be a potent therapy to diverse societal maladies as posited by Billy Joel: “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It is something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
Message to parents
Parents should ensure that their kids listen to good music at all times. On the other hand, they should educate their children on the evil of bad music (not just songs) and also discourage exposure to such.
To the nation
We agree with Hans Christian Andersen who said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” It’s high time our nation Nigeria deployed the proven tools of music in solving crisis, quenching the fire of societal upheavals and fostering civil cohesion.