Hallelujah: The Importance of Music Education in Elementary Schools
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Hallelujah: The Importance of Music Education in Elementary Schools

(instruments tuning) (instrumentalists practicing “Hallelujah”) – Can I start over? – Music can make you feel a lot of things. It can make you feel happy, inspired. – Nothing makes me feel better than music. Every time I’m having a
bad day, music my life calm down and it just
makes my life easier. (instruments tuning) – It’s out. Okay, one more time and
then we’re gonna move on. We’re gonna be having
our concert in two weeks. And they know it. We’re good. We’re gonna rock it out. We’ll be okay. (kids laughing) Students come on their lunch. We start rehearsal and we
practice for like half hour. Now obviously we’re
working our repertoire. (“Hallelujah”) We keep pushing the envelope to try to do more and more and more. There’s an art making going
on that’s just unbelievable. That we have nine and 10 year olds performing Handel. A piece written in 1740,
that I didn’t learn until I was 31. They’re learning it at nine. It’s awesome. (singing tune) Most elementary programs
don’t meet every day. They meet once a week. My students, they’re trained as musicians. They give up being outside,
they give up even playing. It’s huge. Tremendous sacrifice. Borough Park. I feel very safe here. I don’t know it just seems like it’s separate from the world here. We’re in Brooklyn, but it seems like we’re someplace else sometimes. My students are all immigrants. Children of immigrants. The Bengolis, the Spanish, the Mexicans, the Uzbekistans, some Polish. Kids from all parts of
the world doing things that are extraordinary. I became a music teacher
because I love music. I really get a chance to
infect, in a good way, childrens’ life with music. – If I had to describe Mr. Mancini. – He’s very unusual. – Hard working, funny. – He’s not like a normal music teacher. – Gotta play the right notes. It’s not (imitates off key music). It’s (sings in tune). – He teaches us different
things about music and it sort of relates to our school work. – He pushes you really hard
so that when you grow up and keep playing music you still have those tips that he gives you. – My mom and dad are
from Mola-dibadi, Italy. They came over on the boat. Grew up basically in Itol-Americano area. I came to work here. The bakery used to be the entire property. It was easier being a baker than it was being a brand new teacher. Go. (bright tune) Again. I’ve been teaching 14 years, I think. It’s tough. It’s frustrating, it’s tough. But then there’s the joy of actually seeing them perform too. (instrumentalists warming up) – Tonight is the spring concert. And I feel nervous. We’re performing for
our parents and friends. (crowd applauding) (“Hallelujah”) (crowd applauding) – [Mr. Mancini] I wanted the
students to have the chance to be able to change
their lives through music. Even if it stops in high school, at least music gave them another way to make their life different. – [Voiceover] It just helps
me build up my confidence. I’m not like nervous
that we’re gonna mess up. I just do my best and
that’s what all people are supposed to do, just try your best. – Hopefully when they go on, they meet people that are gonna push them and work them to a point
where they become great. (marching tune)

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11 thoughts on “Hallelujah: The Importance of Music Education in Elementary Schools

  1. This is amazing. Congratulations to the music teacher in making the difference in the lives of children. I'm sharing this video with my music students. keep up the good work. Mr. Mancini, you have instilled discipline, self esteem, confidence…and love for music. They will never forget you.

  2. I wish music education incorporated more electric guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums with music that is made now. Yeah classical is cool but I think more kids would dig music if they could relate to the music

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