by Daniel Mooney
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 subdivisions 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 the chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music Is Art
Music develops insight and demands research. It is all the above things, but most of all it is ART.
It allows a human being to take the above techniques and use them to create emotion.
That is one thing science cannot duplicate:
humanism, feeling, emotion-call it what you will.
Why Is Music Taught?
So you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
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, compassion, gentleness,
In short, more life....