The gift of singing...
Here is what a great music teacher can do for children that can make their futures better.
There are few things that have consistently added joy to my life like singing with others. I suppose it's grumpy harrumphing, but I'm not sure iPods will extend this cultural benefit of end it by reducing our engagement with music to consumption or solitary experiences.
All I know is, like the children above I had the chance to hear my voice added to choirs, duets, choruses, quartets, and ad hoc assemblies of singers. And on my darkest days, those memories sustain me, and those melodies and words rise to my lips.