Valley Forum: We can’t afford to lose Sonoma Music Arts School

Along with other members of our community, I recently received a letter from Aldo Mosca, the director of the Sonoma Music Arts School, asking for support. It is no secret that Aldo is a dedicated and committed teacher and music advocate, and has been instrumental in opening the doors of creativity and expression for hundreds of Valley families.

With the nonprofit, tax-exempt school struggling to operate and reaching out for help, the idea of it not being there in the future is too heartbreaking to consider.

I’ll play devil’s advocate for a moment. I’m a musician, and naturally would have an interest in the school’s continued success. But I’m speaking as a parent. I’ve seen the positive effect that music instruction has had on my son, including increased focus, a boost to his confidence and self esteem, and in general he’s simply a happier kid. He’s proud of the fact that he can play an instrument.

In addition, SMAS is like an extension of our family. My son has positive relationships with the amazing teachers, who are really there for the students, both in instruction and as role models. SMAS is one of the most important community organizations we have in Sonoma Valley.

It’s not just my opinion. Studies show that exposure to music and theory makes kids smarter, improves math skills and problem solving, increases focus and a whole host of tools they need in school.

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