• WHY TEACH MUSIC?

    By R.D. Mooney, Carmel Schools

     

    I.                    MUSIC IS A SCIENCE: It is exact, specific, and must be 100% correct. It is unalterable. It demands absolute acoustics.

    II.                 MUSIC IS MATHEMATICAL: It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time in space into fractions which must be done instantaneously and not worked out on paper.

    III.               MUSIC IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French. The notation of notes is not English, but a highly developed kind of shorthand.

    IV.              MUSIC IS HISTORY: Since music has always reflected the environment and times of its creation – often even the country or the racial feeling.

    V.                 MUSIC IS PHYSICAL EDUCATION: It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach and chest muscles which must respond instantly to the sounds the ear hears and the mind interprets.

    VI.              MUSIC IS ALL OF THESE THINGS BUT MOST OF ALL MUSIC IS AN ART: It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring (but fantastically difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion! That is the one thing science cannot duplicate – humanism or feeling or emotion or call it what you will.

     

     

    THAT IS WHY WE TEACH MUSIC

     

          Not because we expect you to major in music

          Not because we expect you to play music all your life

          Not so you can relax

          Not so you can have fun

          Not so you can trot around the football field in a uniform

     

    BUT

     

          So you will be human

          So you will recognize beauty

          So you will be sensitive

          So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world

          So that you’ll have something to cling to

          So that you will have more love, more passion, more gentleness, more

          In short, more life.

     

                Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live.

     

                THAT’S WHY I TEACH MUSIC!

    The New York State School Music News