Northeast Mesa, Arizona, December 20, 2012 – Joanne Jolee and the Honorable Bill Jaffa have today announced the launch of the Jolee-Jaffa Music Foundation, effective December 20, 2012.
A music education for children is critical to their emotional and academic development, and daily music making for adults has extraordinary mental and physical health benefits.
“Our mission is to advance public awareness of these benefits and provide opportunities for music education to all ages. We endeavor to work with other advocates who also understand the empowerment that comes with learning to play music,” states president Bill Jaffa.
Executive director Joanne Jolee adds, ” The advantages of a music education for children are well documented, but what is ground-breaking is the current research showing the amazing health benefits of daily music making for adults. Playing music has been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure, heart and respiration rates, and raise HGH levels which helps to reverse signs of aging and, of course, you experience happiness which is the best therapy of all!”
This year the College Board released the results of two new studies and said, “If we as a nation are serious about building a road to success for every student, we must include the arts in curricular planning from the elementary through college levels. It is clear from the research that learning through the arts provides the type of emotional, creative and expressive development that students can benefit from throughout their lives.” According to the Arizona Arts Education Census Project, only 55% of Arizona schools provide the required instruction in Music and Visual Art with 21% of schools reporting no arts classes/courses for students. 50% of schools reported a budget of $0 to curricular support in arts education and 79% reported spending less than $1 per-pupil per year or less than 1/2 of 1 cent per day.
The Jolee-Jaffa Music Foundation will emphasize classical music. Joanne adds, “The period following the Dark Ages, produced some of the world’s finest artists, philosophers, scientists and musicians. The intelligence of that era is preserved in the pieces composed by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart – this is what our generation needs to absorb!”
Philanthropy is nothing new for Bill and Joanne, and has played a significant role throughout their lives, including a collective 30 years with Rotary International (both are Paul Harris Fellows), the Child Crisis Center, and Young Ones United (child abuse prevention) among numerous other charity endeavors.
Joanne Jolee received her piano and music theory training through the Trinity College of Music, and Royal School of Music, London, and studied voice under Dame Sister Mary Leo at Saint Mary’s College in New Zealand. Joanne has over 30 years experience as a music teacher, is a keynote corporate entertainer and the author of, Your Time to Play, journey to your dreams, a self-teaching piano method distributed internationally.
Bill Jaffa is a CPA with over 36 years of experience in public accounting. Bill has served publicly and privately held companies and its executives and owners, nationally and internationally, in the areas of manufacturing, high tech, wholesale, retail, real estate, professional and other service businesses, among other companies. He is a former City Councilman with the city of Mesa, Arizona, and drummer for 35 years.
Joanne and Bill add, “We are proud of our board members who bring their business knowledge, success and enthusiasm to benefit those the foundation seeks to serve.”
As an introduction to the foundation, a soiree, is being planned for the New Year. Sign up at the website to receive event details, the latest updates, and ways you can get involved with their work at: www.j-jmf.org