Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why The Davis Academy Creates Music

With the release of Menschology, The Davis Academy's 3rd full length album of original Jewish music written by our school rabbi, Micah Lapidus, it's as good a time as any to reflect on why The Davis Academy creates music.

That The Davis Academy produces and performs original Jewish music is a point of distinction among Jewish schools and Jewish organizations. Music plays an important role in many Jewish communities, but most communities don't actively support the composition and production of new tunes and melodies. Davis does.

The fact that The Davis Academy supports the creation of new Jewish music tells you a couple of things about Davis:

1) Davis Rocks. You can hear it when you listen to our music, but you can really feel it when you visit our school, especially when we're all together.

2) Davis celebrates the human voice. The human voice is celebrated and honored in countless ways at The Davis Academy. Children literally discover their voice during their years at Davis. They discover what they have to say, what they have to share, and how best to make themselves heard. Discovering one's voice isn't just about learning how to speak or write. We discover our human voice through art, through physical activity, through spiritual reflection, through singing, through recitation of ancient prayers and many other ways. The journey of discovering our voice is a lifelong journey. One way that The Davis Academy celebrates the human voice is by producing new Jewish music that brings our community together in song and invites the many voices of our community to create new expressions of our Jewish and spiritual commitments.

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