In the next few weeks, schools all across our nation will have assemblies for their young students in order to introduce band and orchestra instruments available for them to study. Music shops will be coordinating visits, demos, and instrument “petting zoos”; teachers are writing letters home in anticipation of their new young ensembles that need to hit the ground running right after summer. Hundreds of thousands of parents are about to be introduced to a world of instrumental music education that they may know nothing about.
Meanwhile, music vendors will be receiving thousands of instruments back from families of students who have chosen not play any longer. The children in these families may be frustrated, bored or even worse: disenchanted with music. It’s an interesting dichotomy to these students’ younger counterparts, who can’t wait to open their instrument case for the first time soon.