Lynn “Zed” Shaw and Gregg “Mr. B” Breinberg, “This is Why Schools Need Music Programs”

On Christmas Eve, ABC News Nightline re-broadcasted a couple of segments featuring extraordinary school music programs. The first featured Lynn “Zed” Shaw, a high school chorus teacher who built a successful program at J.J. Pierce H.S. in Richardson, TX that spanned decades. A reunion show where Shaw planned to bring back her former students quickly turned to a tribute show when Shaw passed away from breast cancer that had been in remission but returned aggressively after the plans for the show were in motion.

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/real-life-glee-10390137

The other featured the story of Gregg Beinberg, music teacher at P.S. 22 in Staten Island, NY. Known as “Mr. B” to his students.

http://abcnews.go.com/video/video?id=7810258&tab=9482930&section=1206872&playlist=12476358&page=1

Many of the students echoed the message regarding the greatest benefit of music education that I discovered as an adolescent – the development of self-confidence (for more info read FROM THE BAND ROOM TO THE BOARDROOM…The 9 Common Lessons of Music Education That Translate into Success) through performance that was a life-changing and transformational experience.

A boy who was described by his mother as painfully shy sings lead vocal in a performance that became an internet sensation:

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