I came across this beautiful description of what music is, and I thought I would share it with you. Though it was not written by a Music Together® teacher, it could have been! The many, varied aspects of music are so beneficial to children, helping them to grow and develop in so many ways. But it is also about experiencing art, the thrill of being musical, and bonding with family and community. A wonderful piece - I hope you enjoy it!
MUSIC IS...Music is a science.It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's fullscore is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volumechanges, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control oftime.Music is mathematical.It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions that mustbe done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.Music is a foreign language.It is a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to representideas. Music is the most complete and universal language.Music is History.Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation.Music is physical education.It requires fantastic coordination and control of all muscle groups allowingthe musician to respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mindinterprets.Music is all of these things, but most of all, Music is Art.It allows a human being to express and evoke emotion.That is why we teach music.Not because we expect you to major in music. But, so you will be able toplay or sing all your life. So you will recognize beauty. So you will behuman.Most of all music is love. Love of family, and love of community. This is why music is "a circle offriends".