Why music ?

Music is a science.
It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics.
A sheet of music 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.
Rhythm is based on the subdivisions of time into fractions
which must be done in one's head, 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 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 cultural 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.


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.