I grew up with many a family sing-along. For holidays, birthdays, church events and just because Grandma got a new keyboard that made funny sounds. Musical sharing has been a big part of my life – playing piano at nursing homes, singing at churches, teaching lessons, creating silly songs to encourage my toddler to pick up his toys. And recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico and share music with children at a local orphanage.
Musical sharing is equally important and special for both the musician and the audience. The musician grows through the challenges and new experiences, and the audience is encouraged and motivated by the event. It is impossible to know all the ways a song ministers to the heart and soul of a listener, but it always does. I continually encourage my students to share their music – with their families, school friends, churches, and communities. There is no wrong way to share the gift of music!