Monday, April 23, 2012

Why Teach & Learn Music?

Why Teach & Learn Music?

Music Is A Science:  It is exact, specific, and it demands the pursuit of acoustic perfection.  A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph indicating frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and within the most precise control of time. 

Music Is Mathematical:  Both time and harmonics in music represent exacting math.  It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper or a calculator. 

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 utilizes 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, lips, cheek and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which all  respond instantly to the sound the ears hear and the mind interprets.

Music Develops Insight And Demands Research:   Performing music requires examination of not only what the composer intended within acceptable boundaries of artistic interpretations but also the technical frameworks of harmonic progressions, musical forms, phrasing, dynamic nuances, etc. 

Music Is Art:  It allows a human being to take all the dry, technically boring (and difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion.  That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion….call it what you will.

This Is Why We Teach And Learn Music…..

Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
No so you can have fun
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be sensitive
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So you will have something to cling to
So you 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?

Lastly, if you are interested in learning more about music, or playing a musical instrument, renting a musical instrument can be a great way to begin to experience the benefits of music. provides band and orchestra instrument rentals across the nation.

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