Secondary student and electric bass player, Temira Axworthy, shares her experience about attending the Youth4Music roundtable in Charlottetown, PEI.
“Music is like a child; we have to care for it and raise it right”!
It wasn’t until I attended a Youth 4 Music conference that I truly began to understand the impact music had on me. My concert band teacher, Mrs. MacLain, asked me if I wanted to attend the roundtable discussion, and to be honest, I was hesitant. At the time, music was just a pastime that wasn’t what I could call a passion. I decided to go anyway because I felt as though it would be a good idea to get out of the house and away from my three younger sisters for a few hours.
After the gathering was adjourned, I realized that music was everywhere, even though I had never truly noticed it before.
It was in the cramped and peaceful drives in the car with my dad, the silent humming during math class and it was comfort when the stress of school got the best of me. Most importantly of all, however, it was during music class. In the classroom where the rest of my peers were just as eager as I was to make real music together accompanied me; even though it was eight in the morning and none of us had gotten enough sleep that night.
Sitting in that room with everyone around me, moving in perfect harmony, feeling the music under our fingers, I felt my chest tighten. I was tearing up. When my bass partner noticed my flushed cheeks, he asked what was wrong. I blamed it all on an eyelash that stuck in my eye that didn’t exist. Ever since that revelation that rainy Tuesday morning, I jumped at every opportunity I could in order to play music. Our school has an after-school rock band group and I was already a member of it, but now I play with a new sense of fervor and genuinely enjoy every moment of it. When my music teacher asked if I was interested in Honor’s Band, I was elated: New music, and new people to share with.
We came out of the Youth4Music roundtable with one action: tell everyone who would listen about the Youth4Music network and the importance of music education, to us in our lives!
I take every opportunity I can to speak about the Coalition and the importance of advocating for music education, in front of students and their parents.
At my school’s very first concert of the year, I stood in front of two hundred people and had a small discussion with the people of all ages, trying to spread the word of Youth4Music network and what we, as youth who care about music education, represent.
Music Makes Us and the Youth4Music roundtable helped me realize my passion, and I want to give everyone the same opportunity, because music is everything I’d been looking for, and it’s been all around me the entire time.