Benefits of OTHA

We believe in the value of music education for all ages. Music is a vital part of our everyday lives and should continue to have an active role in learning. From toddlers that instinctively sing and move to music to K-12 children who improve in scholastically and emotionally, to teens who “see music as their “social glue’ and as a bridge for building acceptance and tolerance for people of different ages and cultural backgrounds,” as stated by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

Adults who play an instrument—even if it’s just for fun—are able to reduce their stress and use the activity as an emotional outlet. Working adults reduce their chances of job “burnout.” Seniors who engage in music making can better manage diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson, and increase their self-esteem. (NAMM Foundation)

We highlight professional chamber musicians and live performance as a point of inspiration and necessary element of a healthy Arts community. Our collaborative partners, The Front Range Chamber Music Players, help us in achieving this goal by presenting The Chamber Musician.

These intimate concerts in PYCh schools, present quality live performance featuring a wide assortment of instruments, highlighting the ins and outs of chamber music performance, inspiring the next generation of musician and growing a better informed and active future audience.

Anita Collins has an interesting video about playing an instrument and the effects on your brain……”When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.”