Instrumental Music

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    Why we teach/learn music......

    • Music is Science....it is exact, specific and must be 100% correct- 99% is not good enough.
    • Music is Mathematical....it is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time in space into fractions which must be done instantaneously and not worked out on paper.
    • Music is a Foreign Language....Terms are usually in Italian, German, or French and the notation of the notes is a highly developed kind of shorthand.
    • Music is History....Music has always reflected the country and environment of its origins at the time of its creation.
    • Music is Physical Education....it requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, legs, 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.
    • Music is All of These Things, but Most of All Music is 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 one thing that science cannot duplicate...humanism or feeling or emotion....call it what you will.
    • Why we Teach Music....is not because we expect you to major in music, but because we expect you to play music all of your life; not so you can have fun; not so you can trot around the football field in uniform or march in a parade....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 our world; so you will have something to cling to; so that you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good...in short...more life.

                      -Anonymous

    Evidence

    • The schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the United States today are spending 20% to 30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music.
      • International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test, 1988
    • Middle school and high school students who participated in instrumental music performances scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.
      • University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent
    • When a child learns by experience that music forges direct links between self and world, self-expression becomes more fluent; the music helps interpret "who I am." 
      • Growing up Complete, the report of the National Commission on Music Education, 1990
    • How playing an instrument benefits your brain
      • TED-Ed Media at ed.ted.com
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