As a parent, I saw how music kept my teenage sons away from too much TV and too much mischief. It activated their imaginations and improved their ability focus. As a speech-language pathologist working in a public school, I see the same with students.
I feel so strongly about the healing power of music, I created a character (Michael Stolis) in my novel, A Stop in the Park, who is tempted to give up a lucrative career to run a music program for the Boys and Girls Club of America. In fact, Michael's mission is similar to that of The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. That is why I am donating ten per cent of profits from A Stop in the Park to this worthy organization.
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The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation is an organization that keeps music alive in schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs.