Why Do We Teach Music?

Not because we expect you to major in music.

Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life.

Not so you can relax,

Not so you can have fun.

 

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 this world,

So you will have something to cling to,

So you will have more compassion,

more gentleness,

more goodness,

in short- more life.

 

Of what value will it be

to make a prosperous living

unless you know how to live?

-Author unknown

 

"A painter paints pictures on canvas.

But musicians paint their pictures on silence."

-Leopold Stokowski

 

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."

- Victor Hugo

 

"Art is the signature of civilization."

-Beverly Sills

 

"Music is the universal language of mankind."

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

"The forest would be silent if the only birds who sang there were those who sang best."

-Henry David Thoreau