Many ‘sing’ the praises of upcoming Save the Music Festival


Jeff Bartee

Students prepare to perform at the Save the Music festival.

With the Save the Music Festival fast approaching, leaders are taking the time to reflect on the purpose behind the popular event.

According to the National Association for Music Education, music has a positive effect on student academics. Musical training helps develop areas of the brain associated with language and reasoning, as well as engage students in school. 

“Music has a positive effect on academics, but I think the bigger thing is making people into better humans,” said choir director Genevieve Tep.

Tep cites the other major effect music has on people aside from academics. According to ScienceDaily, music is confirmed to have a profound effect on the human brain and peoples’ lives.

The National Association for Music Education also notes that listening to uplifting or inspiring music can motivate people to become more helpful or empathetic.

The Save the Music Festival revolves around this idea, hoping to spread the beneficial influence of music to the Belmont community through performances.

“Hundreds of people come each year to see the student performers and stay for professional performers,” said SchoolForce Executive Director Ardythe Andrews. “Local businesses also like to participate and show their support.”

Students are given a chance not only to perform but also volunteer at the festival.

“We have nearly 300 volunteers that come from the community to help make the festival run smoothly and effectively. And every year, fully half of them come from Carlmont High School,” said Save the Music Team Leader Alan Sarver.

The Save the Music festival brings together businesses, students, and the Belmont community, helping to foster a friendly bond. 

When asked about her vision of Save the Music in the future, Andrews said, “I would love to see Save the Music showcase many more things that are positive within our schools.”

Although the Save the Music Festival has been around for over 20 years, its goal remains the same: to raise money for local music classes. The fundraising that occurs during the Save the Music Festival helps pay for music programs in schools, allowing schools to continue developing the minds of students through music.

But the event also goes beyond just fundraising. It provides a place for people of all ages to bond over music.

“The festival is a lot of fun, and it’s great to see what the community is doing for music,” Tep said.