Speaking for myself, as I'm supposed to do since this is my blog, in my errant (even my not so-errant) youth, it was considered normal to learn to play at least one instrument, sing with a choir, perform on the stage. The mo' better you listen, the mo' better your ear, right?
"If Music be the Food of Love, Play On," Shakespeare's Duke Orsinio says. Sounds rational to me. Therefore I feel it comes as a natural progression to want to understand the medium of music, which is our natural inheritance as humans.
Music is one of the riches I am lucky enough to have accrued, an acquisition I think we humans inherit by virtue of the fact that we have been born into a human form. Geography and culture are not irrelevant but the primary gift of being human, living this single lifetime in the human form we have been given, means we can work on learning how to be content.
Just that, all by itself, confers an enormous advantage, as does conviction that it will be helpful to be able to take advantage of one's advantages. That is a good piece of why I want, specifically, to increase appreciation of the methods which Carl Orff and Zoltan Kodaly each gave to the world. Why I'd like to see an expansion of the music experience of our Kootenays community to include Kodaly and Orff programs as well as a Suzuki program, to further encourage musicianship as operative for everyone, all year 'round.
The Kodaly method focus on sight-singing impels acquisition of music as a special form of literacy that can be/is immensely gratifying. The Orff method focuses on percussive sound treatments, including body-percussion: efficiently expands anyone's musical repertoire by introducing improvisational techniques along with the repertoire of its original instrumentarium. Even if the costs of the Orff instrumentarium seem high, well, Harry Partch, move over! This is a talent-filled community, so if we don't already have those instruments on hand, I'm sure people will be able to build new instruments! (Now, let's think: what kind of sounds can we make?)
Pulling this all together only looks tricky because we haven't done it yet. Although it hasn't quite come together, I can't see why it isn't possible. Anything is possible if we "put our minds and hearts together"... as has been said ... to see "what kind of life we can make for the children..."