A Joyful Noise School of Music

July 12, 2010 09:00 ET

An Open Letter to the News Media

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -

Salutations from our patrons, His Excellency, The Right Honourable Edward Schreyer and Mr. Bernie Wolfe, CM.

My name is Charles Lage, piano technician and Autism survivor and I am going across Canada right now for for my registered charity, A Joyful Noise School of Music, www.ajns.net, which seeks to provide life and hope for the challenged. I have found personally a scientifically that music creates miracles in the lives of the challenged. I have finished Western Canada and leaving Tuesday for the East to St John's. To this point we have gone virtually unnoticed and mostly ignored which is typical of people trying to do good in the world. I have had a few interviews with community news papers and one local news program with something as important as this. I have had trials and tribulations on this tour but have decided to carry on at my fans urging because the challenged will be the resource of the future. And those who do good need the media to help, not to ignore them. Because of my knee I'll only be able to cycle so much and drive the rest.

Over the last number of years I have given away hundreds of pianos and in order to continue this gifting and offering music therapy or music for therapeutic purposes in scattered places we'd like to bring this under one roof. The object is to have the national centre in central Canada where we can determine the best course of action to take with a neurological researcher and qualified teachers in Social and Cognitive skills, Reading and Comprehension, using music as therapy, or therapeutic purposes, as a catalyst for learning. I teach challenged people to do piano restorative work but we'd also like to find employment for Autistics and other challenged individuals.

My goal is to raise awareness to the plight of the challenged, raise funds online, and not by our challenged, for the institution of The National Centre for Music and Classroom Therapy to focus on the micro level of therapy, and to ask the federal government to pass the Arts Tax Credit sooner rather than later so that millions of challenged children and adults can have relief from the high cost of therapy. Not to mention those that passed over music therapy or music for therapeutic purposes because of cost. Other groups focus on the macro level but the micro skills accelerate recovery in conjunction with the macro therapy or maintenance of Autism, heart attack, stroke, physical or any challenge, even poverty and poverty in conjunction with challenge. But I can't do any of this without help doing the forms necessary to gain government grants and who knows the ins and outs of granting so the poor can afford therapy. Letters need to be sent to all of your politicians, municipal, provincial, and federal. They can all do something for the most vulnerable. People need to help those that can't help themselves. We can all do better. The challenge is there. Are you up for it?

Today I did an interview with a lovely lady named Holly in front of the new Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg and I asked the question: "who has really spoken for the challenged, taken the extreme beatings, and has the money to have their story told there?" The way we have been treated is shameful. They walk downtown and are still ridiculed and bothered. We need some serious awareness. Most are what we used to call shut-ins. But they have the right to be in the sun without fear and they can enter in on good relationships, vote, and work. Music teaches them ways in which to communicate, nuance, observance and critical thinking. Today we have direct evidence of the global process as witnessed by the CT scans in the work of Timo Krings and many others on the dramatic effect of music on intelligence.

This is something my dear mother always knew. She taught piano from the mid 1940's until 1999. She died from colon cancer in late 2007. On her death bed the day before she died a nurse came in to hear us talking as we often did on the effect of music. The nurse asked us why music was so important and my mother just stared in utter disbelief. She was wasted away to a toothpick and she raised her finger to her head and said: "Because it makes you smart". I rest my case.

Thank you for at least reading my letter.


Charles Lage, MPT

Contact Information

  • A Joyful School of Music
    Scott Wazney
    Director of Communications
    (204) 482-4706