Welcome to John Keal Music!
Our winter months provide an opportunity to celebrate Black History in February, Women’s History and Music in Our Schools, both in March, and Jazz Appreciation in April, the latter usually accompanied by the last gusts of wintry weather.
While the continuing pandemic may dampen our desire to celebrate, and hinder our ability to make music collectively, there are other ways to acknowledge these months. Perhaps we can start preparing music by some of the wonderful, but underappreciated, African American and women composers. Maybe we can purchase some of the fine recordings of their works. If we are looking for winter reads, there are many excellent biographies that feature the trailblazers who fought racism and sexism to make their voices heard.
It has been a tough year for music in our schools. Our teachers and students (and parents) have been doing exceptional work in a constantly fluctuating environment. It has been hard for everyone, and much of the joy that music can bring has been muted by the constraints of living in a COVID world. Still, our hardworking and talented teachers are teaching mask-covered, socially distanced classes with half of their students just a thumbnail image on a laptop. If ever there was a year to celebrate music in our schools, this is the year.
Once again, I urge all of our customers, friends, and family to wear your masks, wash your hands, and keep socially distant. Hopefully, soon we will all be rejoining our choirs, bands, and orchestras to make music as it was meant to be made—together.
-Chris T., owner/manager
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