It is crucial to remember that the situation we are in is temporary; while horrible, it will not last forever. Health and safety concerns are at the forefront of our decision-making, but the solutions we create for this current situation need not create a “new normal.”
How can we teach children that music is a space where all people are welcome? How can we lift up voices instead of suppressing them in a world that talks about openness and inclusivity but often falls short? How can we use our own voices to effect change?
Feelings and emotions are the glue of the human experience. And the unfailing conduit for linking us to who we always were, and will be, is music. It has existed along with humanity predating traumas like war, slavery, and injustice.