Letter from the Director
Mr. Stephen Massey
Radiating a true "passion" for his work, Mr. Stephen Massey is the primary reason for the continued success of the Foxborough School District's Music Program. The power and depth of his feelings are evidenced in the letter below:
September 15, 2008
Music Students, Staff, and Parents;
As I begin my 38th year of teaching music, I am energized by the joys and rewards of my chosen profession. What a noble occupation; teaching music to children! I am so proud that my life’s work is so important to the lives of so many young people. What an honor. What a privilege. What a thrill. What a responsibility.
I believe that real learning is not a study about things, but rather an experience inside things. Making music is surely one of life’s most real experiences!
I believe that self-expression and creativity are two of the most vital skills that education can foster. Making music can be one of life’s most expressive and creative experiences.
Learning to make personal judgments that are rational and grounded in knowledge and preparation, are essential to mature adult thinking. Making music offers one the opportunity to practice to perform, while making hundreds of important decisions and musical judgments every minute!
Facts may be taught, but meaning is discovered. Making music helps us get in touch with our feelings, our culture, our human history, and our sense of purpose and belonging: our self !
Welcome back to school to all of the students and staff. What a special opportunity we have to experience the power of music!
Stephen C. Massey
Foxborough Public Schools