Why Take Music Lessons?

  • Music is worth knowing.
  • Music is one of the most important manifestations of our cultural heritage. Children need to know about Beethoven and Louis Armstrong as well as about Newton and Einstein.
  • Music is a potential in every individual that, like all potential, should be developed to its fullest.
  • Music provides an outlet for creativity, self-expression, and individual uniqueness. It enables us to express our noblest thoughts and feelings.
  • Music teaches students about unique aspects of their relationships with other human beings and with the world around them, in their own and other cultures.
  • Music opens avenues of success for students who may have problems in other areas of the curriculum and opens approaches to learning that can be applied in other contexts.
  • Studying music increases the satisfaction students derive from music by sharpening sensitivity, raising their level of appreciation, and expanding their musical horizons.
  • Music is one of the most powerful and profound symbol systems that exists.
  • Music helps students learn a significant lesson–that not all aspects of life are quantifiable.
  • Music exalts the human spirit.

Adapted from The School Music Program: Description and Standards, Music Educators National Conference, 2nd ed., 1987