Alyson, Co-founder of Play for Progress was featured in a two-page spread that appeared in this month's PAN, the magazine of the British Flute Society. PDF of the full article coming soon to this space.
Until the full article is available, please enjoy these extracts:
'Alyson explains, "PFP delivers projects in communities where the basics of survival are available, but where emotional education, therapy services, and children's activities are not. These communities are often caught in a difficult situation where their citizens, particularly young people, are attempting to transition into more stable living, but without the healthy emotional wellbeing to move forward.
It is becoming increasingly evident that this closely connected and swiftly globalizing world of ours needs more points of connection between its diverse communities. Children who come into the world's current climate of violence, political discord, and misunderstandings will 'learn' that this is the norm. I can imagine nothing more dangerous than leaving the youngest generation of Earth's most vulnerable communities without hope for a peaceful life and without an example of how to lead and be a positive force within their communities. We cannot leave these young people to fend for themselves while politics delay and policies fight through bureaucracy; especially during the most pivotal time of our planet's political and environmental history."
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'Beyond the scientific reasons for learning music, music education is beneficial in its own right: in the making of music. As Alyson describes, it is "a unique form of cultural and personal expression that exists in every culture. Music provides an outlet for creative thinking and sensitizes students to the aesthetic worth and beauty of the world. The study of music and of musical cultural heritage traditions connects the self to larger communities. Greater connection leads to greater understanding. And I think we can all agree that that is one vital ingredient of which our global community is in desperate need!" '