To all music teachers out there.... "Thank You!"

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  1. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    Thursday evening Mrs. Toots and I enjoyed our twins' high school Christmas concert. Printed in the back of the program was the following: if anyone knows where it originates from could they please pm me so that I can properly attribute it.

    Why Teach Music?

    Music is a Science.

    It is exact, specific; and it demands exact 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 Mathematical.

    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 of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses 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, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, 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 Art. It allows a human being to take all the dry, technically boring, but difficult techniques and use them to create emotion. This is the one thing science cannot duplicate – feeling, emotion, 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 or sing all your life.
    Not so you can relax.
    Not so you can have fun.

    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 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!?

    THAT is why we teach music!

  2. mrfabulous963

    mrfabulous963 Piano User

    Nov 26, 2005
    Great Post Toots!
  3. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    My pick for post of the year!

  4. Alex Yates

    Alex Yates Forte User

    Aug 11, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Ah, what a wonderful post Toots. I liked it so much, I printed it out. Every parent and school board official should read this.

  5. mrfabulous963

    mrfabulous963 Piano User

    Nov 26, 2005
    By the way, This is Going on the Corkboard in the Band Room at Stagg High School on Monday!!!
  6. FrancisA1915

    FrancisA1915 New Friend

    Dec 14, 2005
    And the board in the band room at Highland Elementary.
  7. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    Hope all you folks who are putting it on the bandroom wall tomorrow print up the "just" recently editted version. I had "country" spelled incorrectly (I'll blame it on a typo and my personal aversion to using spell checkers!)
  8. FrancisA1915

    FrancisA1915 New Friend

    Dec 14, 2005
    Yep. Got it. Found it with spellcheck. Thanks.
  9. bandman

    bandman Forte User

    Oct 16, 2004
    Lafayette, LA, USA
    As a guy who has spent his adult life in the band room I thank you for that post. I'll tell you that I get tired a lot, and people ask me why I keep going -- I think I'll copy your post and just email it to the next person who asks me that question.
  10. Liad Bar-EL

    Liad Bar-EL Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Jerusalem, Israel

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