A Joyful Noise School of Music

July 14, 2010 16:02 ET

Charles Asks the PM: "Are You Up for the Challenge?"

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -

An open letter to The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

My Dear Fearless Leader,

It's your friend Charles Lage, piano technician and Autism survivor again. Since I have not heard from you in response to lunch next week sometime in the middle of the week I'm still coming to see you so it's not like I'm coming unannounced. 

I think I have to present my case in order that it makes sense to institute the Arts Tax Credit sooner rather than later. In our country the cost of drugs is prohibitive to many families. The cost of non medical therapy that is even more beneficial is also prohibitive financially. Yet one treatment stands out far more than any other in terms of effectiveness. Ten years ago we had no scientific evidence for the utilization of Music as therapy or therapeutic purposes. Now, however, the science is overwhelming!

So to help all of the millions of children and adults in Canada and in addition, all of the millions of challenged children and adults, it could only lead to a stronger, healthier and more intelligent nation. But this means the Tax Credit should be promised to come sooner rather than later and research and development of cognition tools as an investment with private and federal dollars would be part of a good, solid and sound economic stimulus plan.

Let's talk about music. Music verifiably in scientific terms can make the difference in maintaining or recovering from anything that is not too far gone. This is new, however and it will take a while for the general public to latch onto. Things my mother knew anecdotally. Things that Michael Remeny in Toronto, John Shivoletto in Edmonton, and my dad Len in Winnipeg have always known.

Seems I'm always preaching to the converted. They have all seen the power and the effect of music not only in performance, but in the lives of ordinary people. It makes a huge difference that we don't realise. We don't see it so therefore it doesn't exist. In quads, the brain dances! Wakes up! And is capable of so many cerebral pursuits.

I know what you're saying, "Charles, this happens to everyone." You're right! Yet we choose to ignore it. Fight it in fact. So what if some people are intelligent without taking music. All people who take music lessons do very well at whatever they choose to do. We don't take music lessons to become good at it. Being able to play music is a very tiny by-product of playing - or just listening to music.

In fact it does far more than just stuffing info in our brain. It also relaxes you enough to break down anyone's natural resistance or pre-disposition to not accepting info. That's how church works however you look at it. Whether it is a beautiful brainwashing or a negative brainwashing for evil, it works. We propose to use the effect of music in learning for the common good. But it does enforce and fortify the brain in a foundation that allows cumulative intelligence rather than the generally accepted 10-15% of our brain we normally use.

Pushing that boundary past the point of exhaustion every day for two weeks causes permanent positive change in the brain and over time each generation increases their chances for high intelligence.

Music is the only thing we have to evoke that type of change in both the short term and long term.

Music is a global (both sides of the brain) process, which is the only thing we will ever do that does. Whether just hearing it (no need for appreciation) or playing it (which is more infinitely more beneficial) the results are in and they point to success.

Can you imagine the positive impact correctly applied music can do for anyone? By this logic it's only a matter of time that the intelligence level of society is raised and the individual becomes a normal functioning member of society with a life, a job, and perhaps a family.

So you can't say that providing our type of service is a socialistic idea when it creates more taxpayers and more revenue. And you can't say that it's wrong or untimely to provide the tools and tax incentives to do so. It is an investment in our challenged children and adults that pays off big! We simply cannot afford not to do it now.

The spin-offs in research and development are huge and great for the economy. The benefit far out weighs the cost. That's good, solid economic sense in anybody's books.

Your friend,


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