By Amber Flynn
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”
— Arthur Ashe
The power of giving is one of the most transformative things you can do to change a person’s life, as well as change your own. There are plenty of people in the world with dreams, ideas, passions, and creativity that are unrealized, because they may not be able to do something they love.
“Helping and giving them the opportunity to do the thing they love will change that forever.
What does it feel like to give music? When you share music, it connects all of us and brings us all together. You are giving something that will last a lifetime and help them feel connected to themselves and others. When you give music… it actually feels …. This summer, we had a business owner at our music school award ﬁve music scholarships to ﬁve diﬀerent children.
Laura Beulke owns Vertical Printing & Graphics here in Encinitas. When her daughter chose to discontinue her lessons, she gave her daughter Abby’s tuition as scholarships to Kayla (8 1/2 years), Alea (15 1/2 years), Micah (18 years), Victor, (18 years), and Kyle, (12 years).
Each of these children were unable to continue with their lessons ﬁnancially, and Laura stepped in and helped provide scholarships for their families. Laura is a touchstone in our community of bridging hard work with selﬂess giving within our community. She is consistently one of those people who steps in and gives to others. Those families that received the scholarships appreciate her generosity in helping those children continue with their music studies.
The Power of Community
When the community bands together to help one another, it helps create, sustain, and keep us all connected. It is magical and unique.
All ﬁve children were ecstatic when they found out that they were going to have their lessons this summer. And all because of Laura.
What does Music Provide?
Studies show that listening to music can beneﬁt overall well-being, regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life. It also reduces stress, and who does not need that right now?
Researchers have also found that learning to play a musical instrument can enhance verbal memory, increase spatial reasoning, and literacy skills. Playing an instrument requires that you use both sides of your brain, strengthening memory power and brain development. And when you share music, it has the unique ability to connect all of us and bring us together.
Music Builds Character
As children and adults learn new skills, including reading music or playing a new instrument, they’ll gain a boost in self-conﬁdence. Plus, adding music lessons to a busy schedule of school and other activities helps individuals set plans and manage their time.
So the next time you are looking for a unique gift, give the gift of music, change a person’s life, and the community.