Why Teach Music?

Music is a Science

It is exact, specific, and it demands specific acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph, which indicates frequencies, 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

Many musical terms are in Italian, German, or French, and the notation is certainly not English - but a highly developed type of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is History

Music often reflects the political and social atmosphere of the time in which it was created.

Music is Physical Education

It requires fantastic coordination of the fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Music is all of these things, but most of all...
Music is an Art

—Frank Crawford
Music Showcase Education Representative

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