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music can change a child’s life

Whether a child learns the joy of music in an orchestra or in a choir or during a series of one–on–one piano lessons, the outcome can be life–changing.

Music_smLearning music also teaches a child discipline and an appreciation for the arts, which has been proven to increase one’s proficiency in academics, namely math and science.

However, due to unfortunate budget cuts in schools across Pennsylvania, many children may be denied the opportunity to pursue a music education. That’s why organizations such as The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia are determined to keep music education alive through programs and partnerships that benefit children.

Brielle Jordan is one such child. When she was 3 years old, Brielle started her music training at the Army’s Philadelphia Citadel Corps Community Center day–care program. And when she reached 2nd grade, she took part in the after–school program.

Amid a myriad of activities, the after–school program gave Brielle and other students an opportunity several days each week to learn how to play music. At this point, she fell in love with it and eventually began taking part in the music program at the corps.

“When Brielle was young, there was something about The Salvation Army that made me feel comfortable,” said Ella Jordan, Brielle’s mother. “She began taking part in the music program and instantly fell in love [with it].”

Brielle began playing violin in the youth band and eventually took up the alto horn and later the clarinet. Through the program, she learned how to read music and to play multiple instruments, an experience that put her ahead of her peers in her school music classes.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing with The Salvation Army,” said Brielle. “It’s given me the opportunity to play in new places and meet people from across the U.S. and the world.”

Her music education at the Army prompted her to make music a big part of her life. Now 18, she takes part in the senior band at the corps and plays in her school’s orchestra.

Brielle also plays at the weekly holiness meetings and teaches music to younger children in the after–school program. She hopes to inspire them the same way she was inspired. Brielle is currently considering continuing her music education in college.

I’ve really enjoyed playing with The Salvation Army. It’s given me the opportunity to play in new places and meet people from across the U.S. and the world.” —Brielle Jordan
“So many kids don’t have the opportunity to do different things,” said Ella. “And the opportunity to play music teaches them discipline and to realize their talent. I’m so thankful for The Salvation Army. Their programs are really geared towards benefitting the community and the kids.”

Hopefully, through a commitment to music education, the Army can continue to inspire children like Brielle to better their lives through music. As Shakespeare once said, “If music be the food of love, play on.”

—Jeremy Keys is with Tierney Public
Relations in Philadelphia.

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