An example of one community you are a part of is the city you live in. Some of the ways that your city helps you is by providing you with public services like libraries and schools to help you learn, garbage collectors that keep you and your city clean and healthy, and fire departments to keep you safe.
Participating in Community Service
How can you give back to the people in your city who provide you with all of these services?
You could donate books to your local library or volunteer there, participate in school fundraisers to help them raise money for your peers’ education, organize a trash pickup group that cleans up litter from public spaces, or plan a bake sale to raise money to donate to the California Fire Foundation. You can absolutely use music to serve your community. Nothing brings people together like music does, and bringing people together is the best way to strengthen a community.
An important benefit of a community is shared knowledge passed on through generations. As you study music, you are learning lessons that have been passed down and innovated through generations from teachers dating all the way back many centuries ago. Your teachers help you learn what others learned before you, and you can grow from their discoveries. Now you can take that information and pass it forward in your community. Identifying this and being grateful for the generational knowledge can spread to other areas of your life.
Serving your community is important to show appreciation for those who serve you and because it is an act of giving back. The world is a kinder, more connected place when we take care of each other and when we serve others before we serve ourselves.
This week, think of some communities you are a part of and different ways that you can serve. Share your ideas with us!
The Little School of Music Leadership Program introduces monthly principles to enhance the life lessons, leadership skills, and character development experienced in music education. This is at the core of our program as we use music and learning to play an instrument as the tool. Each month a short introductory video on the monthly leadership principle will be shared with parents, students, and teachers to watch at home. We encourage students to extend what they learn to other parts of their life including at school, at home, and especially among their peers.