Music Makes The People Come Together
Jamming Out with Our Brains
Perhaps because of the misinterpreted verse in Exodus 20:3-4 (regarding making graven images), Jewish tradition has put a greater emphasis on expression through music rather than visual arts. The musicality of our people is on display throughout the entire Hebrew Bible—from simple daily greetings to big lifecycle events, and from intimate emotional moments to communal worship. Perhaps it is from the psalmist’s instruction for us to sing a new song that we have continued to invent and reinvent ways in which to use music to pray, relax, communicate, and meditate.
Now, you may say, “I’m not a musical person. I don’t know a quarter note from a treble clef… how am I supposed to bring music to my teaching?!” Fear not! With the onset of the technological revolution we now have a myriad of ways in which we can all bring musically-inspired learning into our classroom environments. Even if you’re a musical expert, we expect you might get a nugget of new information to enhance your time with your students:
As Madonna once said, “Music… brings the people… together!” So bring some people together after being inspired by this month’s musical newsletter!
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The ISJL Education Team
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