Grants to Washington County Music Educators

The Crescendo Fund – Why MSB Architects is Building an Interest in Music

We’ve all heard the research. In young children, music improves cognitive development, especially in the language and reasoning areas, as well as developing critical thinking and spatial relations. Music can also improve brain function, relieve stress, relax us, energize us, help us to focus, and can even have physiological effects, like reducing blood pressure. Music engages both sides of the brain while feeding the soul.

Despite the known benefits of music, funding for the arts continues to decline. Many school systems are facing budget cuts forcing them to reduce or remove entirely their music education programs. Teachers are making do with the limited resources they have, which may mean old, broken, or a complete lack of musical instruments. Students are unable to achieve the full educational potential offered by these talented, committed individuals.

What does this have to do with architecture? As stated above, music aids in developing spatial relations and creativity–the cornerstones of architecture. Early in architecture school, it is not uncommon to be asked to listen to a piece of music and then interpret it as a built form. Like music, architecture contains patterns, rhythms and hierarchies. German writer and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe summed it up nicely when he said, “Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”

MSB Architects is committed to supporting music in school by creating The Crescendo Fund. We are dedicating a percentage of our profits each year to support music education in Washington County public schools. These Crescendo Fund grants will be disbursed in December and used for a variety of projects, such as instruments, instrument repairs, and sheet music. It is our sincerest hope that every child who wants to feed their musical creativity and passion has the ability to do so.

2017 Crescendo Fund Advisory Panel

  • Elizabeth Schulze,
    Music Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra
  • Daniel Weber,
    Instructor, Art, Music, and Humanities at Hagerstown Community College
  • Pieter Bickford,
    Marketing Executive at High Rock Studios,
    Washington County Board of Education
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Questions? Contact Marketing & Community Relations Manager Kim Bowen.