“It is important that people should know what
you stand for. It’s equally important that
they know what you won’t stand for.”
Mary H. Waldrip

Theorymatters.com needs your support to help us orchestrate a chorus of polite indignation that will be heard loudly and clearly by those who consider any high school music program as 'expendable.'

Anything you can do to help us will be greatly appreciated, not only by our student founders, but by other members of our group like you. While our efforts were energized largely because of a local issue in our school district, we want this site to be an ongoing testament to the value of music education and appreciation, both as a profession and, more importantly, as a tool for the betterment of all humankind.

We’ve thought of SIX things you can do to help.
In only a few days after starting this website, visitors have asked us if there is anything they can do to help. If you can do any of these things, you will have helped us far more than you might imagine.

Theory matters. Names matter, too. - You can join us in supporting music education by simply allowing your name to be listed on our website. Your name alone will help us show school officials that advanced music education programs in our high schools are truly invaluable for the future enrichment and betterment of our society.

Only your name, city & state and who you are (i.e., parent, musician, performer, teacher, student, etc.) will be listed. We will not list your e-mail address and you can withdraw your name at any time.

Has music meant a lot to you? Norman Carey, a Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, recently visited our site and left this message...

"The nation's soul is revealed in its songs, in its music.
Nothing can so readily enhance the well-being of our society than for
music-making to be fostered, nourished, and supported."

How about your musical soul? Are some of the most poignant or important moments in your life inextricably intertwined in a musical melody? Can you imagine a world in which everyone grows up to be a 'rocket scientist' and there is no music? We would love to hear your thoughts.

Write us a quick note about your own experiences with music or music education. We'll feature it in the testimonials section of our website and list your name in our supporters section. Click on 'do this now' to compose your letter using a form on this website or you can e-mail your thoughts directly to our founder at ashley@newquest.net. If you'd rather send a postal letter, mail it to... Theory Matters, P.O. Box 1808, Lexington, SC 29072.

Tell your friends about us. This one simple act can make a huge difference in our effectiveness. We do not have money to advertise or print flyers, but word-of-mouth can be omnipotent.

Dr. Orval Oleson From Presbyterian College in SC visited our website recently and signed our guestbook with this simple statement...."I will let my students know of your web site and campaign. Let's roll."

Thanks, Dr. Oleson. Now if we could just get George W. to visit us! :)

It doesn't matter who your friends are. Parents, teachers, musicians, students, performers, music lovers ... we want everybody's voice to be heard.

Don't leave without saying “hello.” Please sign our guestbook before you leave our website. It would mean a lot to us to know you dropped by. If you've never signed a guestbook before, there are instructions under 'help' above. It only takes a minute.

This is a new feature which was added on April 23, 2002.
Send a quick note to school administrators in our school district or in your district. Tell them why you support advanced music education programs or just tell them about this website.

Theorymatters.com wants to encourage everyone who visits our site to do something to make a difference to any young person who may be pursuing a music education.

If you are a music teacher or professor...
Thank you. You are already doing your part and we thank you for your time, dedication and all the extra effort — which we have witnessed first-hand from our own teachers —that you put into your job. Each of you has, in some way, a great influence on our lives. We are very grateful.

If you are a musician, conductor or performer...
Please don't ever lose sight of the enormous impact you can have on a teenager. An invitation to a concert, a private word of encouragement, a backstage pass (teenagers really love those) ... all these things could make the difference between a young person who simply enjoys music and one who makes a difference in the music world.

If you are a parent...
A
ll those elementary, middle school and high school concerts are real important. Your support, love and encouragement do not go unnoticed, as it sometimes may seem. Teens may appear to adamantly want their independence, but what they really want is for you to help nurture their dreams. Just read what Mr. Stacey Robinson had to say about his parents when he recently signed our guestbook.

"I am a 39-year-old black man who grew up in rural South Carolina. My parents were not rich but what they did not give me in terms of money they made up for in support and love. A part of that support was being at my choral concerts in high school! They knew that I had a talent for singing and they along with wonderful teachers helped me to become confident with the talent God had given me."

Mr. Robinson, from the tiny town of Hodges, SC, ended up graduating from The Juilliard School in New York City and is currently enjoying a career as a opera singer and a recitalist all over the world. Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for sharing your story with us.

If you are a music lover...
Think of a teenager the next time you buy a CD or attend a concert. An extra ticket for a young person to join you at the symphony or a CD that might introduce a whole new genre of music to a teen could be the 'spark' in his or her life that no amount of disappointment or personal struggles will ever snuff out. Music is a lifelong gift. Share it with everyone you come in contact with, especially young people.

Finally, if you are rich or just have the good fortune of having a few extra bucks lying around, consider giving at least some of your money to a music program involving youth. Often, a lot of 'big' money goes to the 'big' music causes. That's not bad, of course, but maybe it's time to think 'small' for a change. Why not help pay for a modest, new Arts wing at a middle or high school in your community? You could help fund a community scholarship. Or help pay for a band, orchestra or chorus trip. You could set up a foundation to exclusively fund pre-college level musical activities. In the face of so much emphasis on earning the almighty 'top buck' in the science fields, your generosity would encourage young people to consider a career in music.You, and all of society, would be richly rewarded by a future generation that will pass along your compassion, setting off a chain reaction that no fiscal crisis could ever stop.

P.S. Make a contribution to theorymatters.com and we will 'make a difference' for you, in your name or anonymously, whichever you prefer. All of our members are non-paid volunteers, and always will be. All funds required to operate, maintain and promote this site have been donated. Therefore, any funds we receive will be used exclusively to help high schools maintain or enrich their music programs.

We thank you from the bottom of hearts for any support you can give us.