What does "The Man with the Violin" really care about?

the importance of music educationAs my loyal followers know, “the man with the violin” in The Man with the Violin (now available) is Joshua Bell. As well as caring about making beautiful music, this virtuoso violinist also cares about doing what he can to ensure that kids have access to music education. In the postscript to the book, he quotes Plato:

“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

That’s why some of the proceeds of this book will go to a charity that promotes engagement with music among young people.

My granddaughter, pictured here, is fortunate to attend a school where she has the opportunity to play cello and trombone. Her younger brother plays recorder, guitar, and ukelele. Play on, Charlie and Claire!


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