"What we lose most when we debilitate music education is the chance to create through music. Because music education does more than just train artists, it gives students exposure to the creative processes inherent to the arts, and human creativity is a valuable economic resource"
Joel Ostdiek, a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, explores the power of music as a universal language. When he was teaching children in Uganda, music allowed him to navigate a country in which he had no prior experience and, from day one, to connect to the new people he met. Rather than highlighting the differences between people, sharing music allowed him to be find common ground with others because music is a language we can all understand.