THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC . . .
MUSIC IS A SCIENCE
It is precise, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s score is a chart, or graph, whish indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
MUSIC IS MATHMATICAL
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time, which is done instantaneously, and 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.
MUSIC IS HISTORY
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often the country and/or racial feeling.
MUSIC IS PHYSICAL EDUCATION
It requires extraordinary coordination of fingers, hands, arms and facial muscles, in addition to controlling the abdominal muscles and the respiratory system, all of which responds 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 the dry, technically
boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create feeling and emotion.
That is why your child should take music,
not because I expect them to major in music,
not because I expect them to sing all of their life,
but – so they will be human,
so they will recognize beauty,
so they will be sensitive,
so they will have more love,
more compassion, more gentleness,
more good – in short, more life.
That is why your child should take music.