Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of our lives, trying to squeeze every activity and opportunity for our kids into the schedule, we never really stop to slow down and evaluate. Do we really need to add this activity or that activity? When was the last time we ate together at the dinner table as a family and not on the fly going to swim practice, baseball, tae kwan do or … choir?
As Executive Director of the organization, of course I am a bit prejudiced about the importance of music for children, especially boys. (My oldest son was part of the organization for almost 5 years!) The Fort Bend Boys Choir competes with so many other activities in boys’ lives and often, we end up losing. I wonder time and again, do these boys and their parents know what they are missing out on?
Here’s the thing … the swimming, baseball, karate, and really <insert any activity> can be done at any time in a boy’s life. Admittedly, boys can also sing at any time as well. However, the voice of a young boy, that pure, sweet unchanged voice? That voice is fleeting … hormones eventually take over and their angelic voice cracks and deepens and is never heard again. Can you imagine all the lost opportunities when a vocally talented boy does not cultivate their gift?
Young boys who love music and singing here in Fort Bend County and really, the entire Houston Metro area, have a unique opportunity to take advantage of their vocal gifts with us! Over twenty years ago, there were well over 120 boy choirs across the country and today, there are less than 25 (the numbers are likely a lot smaller). Now, more than ever, is the time to take advantage of our music education programs because truly, there is no one else around that does what we do.
I encourage you to promote music education with your children, especially young boys. Boys, NEED music. They NEED the lessons learned, not just in the mechanics of instruction, but also the intangible qualities like greater focus, self-discipline, consistency of accomplishment and leadership. They NEED to be with others their own age who love music and singing just as much as they do without fear of peer pressure. Boys NEED the emotional outlet that music provides.
The ancient Greek Philosopher Aristotle said, “Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.” Aristotle’s mentor, Plato, also extolled the virtues of music. He said, “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
Today’s society has forgotten that it is just as important to feed the mind and soul as it is to feed the body. Perhaps that is why there are more and more issues with youth today, especially young boys. Music education is so important. Don’t let a young boy’s voice go unheard! Spread the word to other people you know that might have young boys that love music and singing. Encourage them to call the Fort Bend Boys Choir to schedule an audition and seize the opportunity to sing!