Music education is about more than music or even education. At a personal level, and at a community level, it can provide strength and hope. Juneau’s Lorrie Heagy, who founded Juneau, Alaska Music Matters at Glacier Valley Elementary School, a steadily growing program, has shared stories of the power of music education in her life, locally, and as far away as Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Heagy discovered El Sistema, the program on which JAMM is based, attending a symposium for Yale Distinguished Music Educators. The topic was El Sistema, a music program from Venezuela.