The Community Music School of the Piedmont
Music study enriches the lives of our students in many ways. These are some quotes from CMSP students and other that we found inspiring.
"The music school is amazing. I love music, and now I can play it!"
C.B., CMSP piano/violin/voice student, age 10
"Music can set you off - make us angry, sad or happy. But, music is for me, too. Often, I sit and play for
M.L., CMSP guitar student, age 10
"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!"
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
"I love the feeling of notes flowing from my fingers and into the air around me. My friends and I share the
pieces we have recently learned and we love to add on portions of our songs to others. Music after a while
becomes a part of you and there is just always something going on in your head that is playing a rhythm or
M.B., CMSP drum/piano student, age 13
"Many studies have shown that an early musical education can help with math. This has proved true with
me because I'm in an eleventh grade Algebra 2 class and I believe I owe it all to the many hours of
memorizing my music for concerts."
M.P., CMSP harp student & violinist, age 14
"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."
"Music will stay with you throughout your life."
M.C., CMSP viola student, age 15
"If someone asked me to choose between cello or piano I would say both of them."
W.C., CMSP piano/cello student, age 13
"Looking out into the audience and seeing the smiles that music brings to their faces tells me how important
music is to everyone....playing the correct notes are very important, but you must put part of your soul in
your music to make it special."
M.P., CMSP harp student, age 14
"...I have come to understand that music is not part of "arts and entertainment" as the newspaper section
would have us believe. It's not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a
plaything or an amusement or a pastime. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways
we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way
for us to understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds."
Dr. Karl Paulnack, Director of the Music Division at Boston Conservatory, from a welcome address given to parents of
incoming students at The Boston Conservatory on September 1, 2004. Click here to read the entire address.
Below you will find articles of interest, which we hope will inspire and motivate aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels. Simply click on the title of the desired article.
from The New York Times (online opnion page for 10-13-13)
from Pacific Standard (August 26, 2013)
by the NCES