Why We Teach Music
CHORAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Why We 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 indicated frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once with the most exact control of time.
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 Mathematical: it is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is History: music usually reflects the environment and times of it’s creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling.
Music is Physical Education: it requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary, control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ears hear 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, difficult techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, and emotion call it what you will… That is why we teach music!
Why we teach music…
Not because we expect you to major in music.
Not because we expect you to play and sing all your life.
Not so you can relax.
Not so you can have fun.
BUT… so you will…
Be closer to an infinite beyond this world
Have something to cling to
Have more love, compassion, gentleness, goodness- in short more life!
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
This is why we teach music!!!