I was recently engaged in a conversation about safe places while growing up. For me there were three places, home, the classroom and the band room.
Depending on the individual, home and the classroom could be swing towards or away from safety. As for me I considered home and the classroom safe places.
However, the band/orchestra rehearsal space were sacred. I still remember feeling uncomfortable walking down the hallway in junior high school, until I walked into the band room. As soon as I walked in, there was a sense of security or I felt at home in a space I shared with a tribe of musicians. We may not have all been in that space for the same reasons, but we had the activity in common. So it made us a team with a goal to achieve.
A friend is currently taking care of the junior high school band room I remember so well. I’m sure he’s helping some kids feel the way I did back then in that specific space.