At Konomi Music Center, we believe that what students are learning in a classroom is equally as important as their growth influenced by the environment in which they are being educated in. Our mission is to, not only provide high calibre instruction, but also to instill good values and teach life skills through music education. There is so much unknown potential in any given individual and we can never foresee how much of an impact they will make in future. We hope to educate our students with the intention of investing in their potential. In this, we also hope to develop a further appreciation for what music can do for both individuals and society. At Konomi Music Center we adapt our system accordingly, to current socioeconomic as well as sociopolitical factors, allowing students to experience a forward-thinking education.
"Music education is more than just learning to play an instrument. The qualities which make music education unique is credited to music's natural requirement for empathy. Empathy allows us, as musicians, to connect with our audiences whether it be a recording or a live performance. For music students, empathy travels beyond just performing. Empathy connects us with the music we perform, it gives purpose to what we do, it is the reason behind the bonds developed, between teachers / mentors and their students. From personal experience, I can vouch that the amount of impact that music educators and administrators make on the younger generation is immense - not only as artists, but as people. It can be used as a very powerful tool when it comes to teaching mindset and good values.
The ideal learning environment teaches students to appreciate: respectfulness, diplomatic communication, camaraderie, team work and individuality. In its finest moments, music education can encourage a culture of respect, inclusivity, and equality. For this to become a standard in our culture; performing art institutions, organizations, educators and administrators have to start taking responsibility and accountability by, not only preaching, but also being practicing examples of these values. In my opinion, this is the moral obligation of an educator. I call it a 'moral obligation', reasoning that however we choose to cultivate the minds of our students, will also result as a direct impact on our societies and communities. Due to this, I do believe educators have the responsibility to form awareness and be mindful when teaching and influencing their students. I am an optimist, who hopes that one day these so-called idealistic values will become a reality, and a norm, in our performing arts and societal culture. To envision a world with more empathy and respect is to conceive a world with more grace and harmony ."
- Frances Konomi
Director, Harp teacher