Music plays a huge role in my life. A number of my relatives and forebears have been accomplished musicians in both professional and amateur ranks. I myself majored in music education and taught music for several years. I am pleased to say that both of my sons share my love of music. They are both skilled brass players and developing composers. The youngest one plans to follow in my footsteps and major in music education when he enters college in a couple of years.
This past weekend I had the privilege of hearing my youngest son’s high school band perform at the state music festival. As I waited for the program to begin I perused the program notes. The final page summarized several reasons why music education should be a priority in our communities and in our country. The fact that such arguments need to be made (repeatedly) is a sad commentary on the state of American society.
What would a culture be without music, or literature, or the theatrical and visual arts? One thing that is certain is that it would not be a culture worth examining or emulating. Art – music, poetry, literature, painting, architecture – allows human beings to interact with the world in unique and creative ways.
In addition to providing a concert venue, the Sydney Opera House, through its imaginative design, offers a wonderful testament to
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The histories and characters of all cultures are embedded in their arts: songs, paintings, photographs, sculptures, buildings. . . . This is why we must preserve music and arts education in our schools. For when we teach children to appreciate art, to create art, and to perform artistically we also teach them to sculpt their cultures.