• Why We Teach Music
    Author Unknown

    Music is a science.
    It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics.
    A conductor's full score is a chart - a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities,
    volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

    Music is mathematical.
    It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions
    which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

    Music is a foreign language.
    Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French;
    and the notation is certainly not English but a highly developed
    kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.
    The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

    Music is history.
    Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation,
    often even the country and/ or racial feeling.

    Music is physical education.
    It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek and facial muscles,
    in addition to extraordinary control of diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles,
    which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

    Music is all these things, but most of all, music is art.
    It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring
    (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.
    That is one thing science cannot duplicate -
    humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.

    That is why we teach music.
    Not because we expect our students to major in music
    Not because we expect them to play or sing all their life
    Not so they can relax
    Not so they can have fun,
    But so they will be human
    So they will recognize beauty
    So they will be sensitive
    So they will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
    So they will have something to cling to
    So they will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good

    In short, more life!

    Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
    That is why we teach music.

Last Modified on March 10, 2023