A letter to educators from the director of Maestro:
It was during a very dark chapter in my life that I first heard the music of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Despite the fact that he is of a different generation and nationality, it felt as if that piece of music had been written just for me. I will never forget that moment.
Classical music has the power to broaden our understanding of what it means to be human; true education.
It is a great tragedy that so many students will not be exposed to this music because of commercial interests or forces outside their control. Maestro is the product of years of hard work by a passionate group of individuals eager to give our restless educators a tool that could spark conversation and curiosity.
It took four years to make Maestro. On many occasions, it looked as if the film would never reach completion, and I contemplated giving up. But the thought of just one student watching the film, and welcoming this music into their life, inspired me to overcome my deepest fears. So in many ways, this film was always for the students. It was always for the educators who are working against the odds every day. It was always for dreams of a future where there is greater understanding.
So, it is my great pleasure to present the educational version of our film and curriculum. We welcome your feedback.
[Classroom editions of the film are available at www.MaestroMovie.com, where you can also download FREE curriculum.]