By Liz Benjamin
Last week I had to take a taxi cab home from teaching Music Together, the music and movement program I teach for babies, preschool children, and their grown-ups. As the Sikh driver was loading my play-along bin full of instruments into the trunk, he asked, “Do you work at the church?” When I told him I was a music teacher, he said, “Oh! Singing and dancing are so important for everyone to do! They help develop your body, your brain, and your spirit.”
As we drove along, I agreed with his feelings about music, but I said that no matter how good they are for you, I stress with my families that we make music for the joy of it – that’s the most important goal. I asked what sort of music he liked.
Saying that he liked Hindi music, the music of his culture, he pressed some buttons and played a terrific Hindi love song. I drummed along on my legs, trying to sort out the intricate rhythms. I was sorry when we arrived at my destination.
Liz Benjamin lives in Ottawa, Ontario and is on the Board of CMN.