It’s Music Month again at Bnos Chomesh and the students are loving it! You would too, if every day that you came to school there were special musical surprises for an entire month.
Like a concert with the incredibly talented and soulful Esther Freeman. Or a game of “Name that Tune” with an ice cream treat going to the winner. Or a Jewish music only Zumba class. Or a Purim party featuring an outstanding performance by world class entertainer Moshe Hecht.
During Music Month at Bnos Chomesh, each student is encouraged to explore music that is a step up from what she may have typically listened to before. Incentives are offered for taking these steps. Students are also encouraged to keep a journal documenting their feelings when listening to music. What does each type of music make us think, feel and want to do? How is this different when listening to a niggun dveykus as opposed to when hearing s a lively, bouncy tune? How can a niggun without words take you higher than a song with words? How does a song’s composer reach into our Neshama?
During her visit to Bnos Chomesh, Esther Freeman farbrenged with the students about her quest to find Jewish artists and music that she could relate to. Today, Baruch Hashem, there are many Jewish artists who have the talent and emotional expressiveness to truly uplift listeners of all ages. It’s a new era of Jewish music.
The heartfelt messages of Esther’s original compositions, sung in her beautiful voice, resonated with Bnos Chomesh students and they were left awed and inspired. She offered the students a free song for their commitment to raising their standards in the music they listen to.
At the Bnos Chomesh Purim Bash, Moshe Hecht interspersed his powerful musical performance with inspiring talks about “pure music,” and how music goes straight from the neshama of its composer to our souls. Moshe and his bandmates regaled the students with slow, moving ballads, such as the popular “My Friend”, as well as some upbeat tempos. This lively concert lasted for over two hours, ending in a standing ovation and an encore.
There are more surprises in store for Bnos Chomesh students as the month progresses and you can rest assured that Music Month will retain its impact long after the month is over.