And the Orchestra Played On

For any parent, grandparent, teacher or student who wonders whether music lessons are a wise investment:
And the Orchestra Played On
Published by The New York Times: February 27, 2010
The other day, I found myself rummaging through a closet, searching for my old viola. This wasn’t how I’d planned to spend the afternoon. I hadn’t given a thought to the instrument in years. I barely remembered where it was, much less how to play it. But I had just gotten word that my childhood music teacher, Jerry Kupchynsky — “Mr. K.” to his students — had died.