Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent.” You have experienced the thrill of unlocking a piece of music or a painting to a pupil whose life was changed forever. However, I have been a troop leader with Girl Scouts, which involves teaching on a different level, and I can assure you, girls are not the best small angels a lot of folks seem to consider. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. I leave here not only better informed and with greater musical perspective, but with new hope and ideas of implementing distance education. The College and the Conservatory merged in 1955 and officially became a unit of the University in 1962. For over 60 years the department has been at the forefront in preparing successful music educators at every instructional level. Course content and activities provide students experiences that will build a foundation for success in teaching music. “Music learning supports all learning.