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Why Is Music Education Important?

WHY TEACH MUSIC IN SCHOOL?

 Music is Science.
It is exact and specific; it demands specific acoustics.  A conductor's full score 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 Mathematics.
 It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not 
worked out on paper.
 
 Music is a Foreign Language.
 Most musical terminology is in Italian, German, or French.  The notation is certainly not in English - but rather a highly developed shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.  Also, many songs we study are from other cultures.
 
 Music is Physical Education.
 Music requires fantastic coordination of 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.
 
Most of all, MUSIC IS ART.
It allows a human being to take a series of otherwise dry but difficult techniques and use them to create 
emotion, humanism, and feeling.  
MUSIC IS ONE OF THE ONLY SUBJECTS IN SCHOOL IN WHICH STUDENTS DEVELOP EMOTIONAL, COMMUNICATIVE, SOCIAL, AND CRITICAL LISTENING SKILLS.