Joan Cartwright, M.A. is the author of In Pursuit Of A Melody, a compilation of photographs, memoirs, poetry, lyrics and 40 original songs. An internationally known jazz performer, Joan is a composer, recording artist and educator. She is the founder and director of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.
Ms. Cartwright’s 45-60 minute lecture, AMAZING MUSICWOMEN has been funded by SEAS Grants, in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2011; Broward Cultural Council in 2009 + 2010; and BankAtlantic Summer SmARTS Program, demonstrating superb results with 8,000+ students at several Broward County schools and two international schools in Tokyo, Japan and Tianjin, China.
I am listening. I am a musician. I contend that, once Music was eradicated from the school curriculum by the over-importance of subjects like HISTORY that are really brainwashing tools, the art of listening took a downward spiral. ALL of us as children learned to LISTEN through Music. We learned our ABCs through music. We learned how to create relationships through Music. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I do believe the powers that be decidedly removed Music from the curriculum on purpose to create a roboton society that either obeys or is rebellious so that they could fill up the spaces in the Prison Industrial Complex.
On the subject of tuning out and being distracted, while children play on their own, I totally agree. People are not paying attention, simply because they don’t understand the importance of LISTENING. The so-called “Music” being played on the radio these days is also a turn off to listening. Whoever thought up the theory that loud, disharmonious rock is the best thing for youngsters to listen to. I’m not propounding listening only to classical music but cacophony is certainly not conducive to well-adjustment. Of course, this is only MY opinion and I do not care to impose this idea on others. However, I do find classical and jazz music to be soothing and more prone to helping me live a well-balanced life.
So, bring MUSIC studies back to school, pre-school, K-12 and watch our society change from apathy to humanity!
This is a response to a poster on a TED video with Julian Treasure on Listening:
Adriane Panciera wrote:
Bringing back music programs to all elementary schools would do a lot to help attune a child to that skill. Also its something that is much easier to learn as you are learning a language (your first or fifth). Music and sound making (aka noise to adults) are the very first langage of all children. As we learn to “tune out” as adults, we tend to lose our sense of child like curiousness, and natural source of empathy. As a side note- when I see parents of young children in the playground, on their smart phones, not engaging in the moment, I see a generation that is tragically crippled from the start. These same children will be engaged with the same level of distraction in a few years time. It’s good to have this conversation now. I wonder if anyone is listening?
Here are children that my organization is working with. They are focused and work so well together. Listening is at the core of what they learn how to do.
My response to post above by Val,
I’m in complete alignment with you. What I found is that writing is the best way for me to dig into the gold mine of my being. One day, while walking around my two lakes, I met a gay man who pointed out a rainbow to me. I couldn’t see it because I had dark sunglasses on. When I removed them, I saw TWO rainbows, perched directly over my apartment building. That’s how life is. You must take off the rose-tinted glasses to see the truth and, if your glasses are too dark, you could miss all the bright beauty of life. Also, that beautiful morning, the moon was in the sky, along with fluffy white clouds and there were sun showers falling on my head! So, when I got back to my computer, I immediately penned my book “The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds”.
Someone said at a book fair I participated in last month that we shouldn’t write books with the intention of making a lot of money. I agree. I have published nine books, including the one mentioned above and, I have to admit, I have sold a million copies of any of them, yet. But writing them, publishing them and sharing them with others makes me feel worth a million! First, people realize that I am industrious and have something to say. Secondly, I recognize my own “transformation and transmutation” from a mediocre being to a Divine Being of Light, Love and Music.
Writing is transformational. Like music, which I consider to be the “mastery of mind”, writing is like using a pick and shovel to dig deep down into the crevices of your soul. Often, I wondered why and how people wrote books, before I began writing my own. Then, I understood, after taking 13 months to produce my first book “In Pursuit of a Melody”, that it is the best therapy I could have ever engaged in. Now, I’m teaching others how to write and publish their own lives. My workshop – Write Your Life takes people through the process from beginning to end.
Learn more about my books and workshop at http://fyicomminc.com/books/jc-books.htm#WRITE
and thanks for this post!