After more than three decades as a music educator I’ve read literally hundreds of quotes from politicians (including several presidents), famous actors and entertainers, and prominent business people and industry leaders. These five are my favorites because they provide simple, yet profound, insight and understanding that music education is far more than just about learning to play music: music is the vehicle that brings us so much more.
During the Gulf War, the few opportunities I had for relaxation I always listened to music, and it brought me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North, and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.
General H. Norman Schwarzhopf
Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing, and math? The “back to basics curricula,” while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system – absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring – indeed requiring – self-discipline, may be more “basic” to our nation’s survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment.
Syndicated Radio Show Host
A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.
Robert Allen, Chairman & CEO
It is our job, as parents, educators, and friends, to see that our young people have the opportunity to attain the thorough education that will prepare them for the future. Much of that education takes place in the classroom. We must encourage our youngsters in such pursuits as music education. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, no matter what the arena, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living.
Edward H. Rensi, President & CEO
USA McDonald’s Corporation
In every successful business….there is one budget line that never gets cut. It’s called Product Development – and it’s the key to any company’s future growth. Music education is critical to the product development of this nation’s most important resource – our children.
John Sykes, President