Let’s focus on music’s intrinsic value, not what it can do for other things

Peter Greene, a teacher and writer, asks people to stop ‘defending’ music education in an article on the Huffington Post. He says that there are many more reasons for music education beyond having an impact on other areas of a young person’s development.

These include:

Would you want to live in a world without music? Then why would you want to have a school without music?

  • Listening to music is profoundly human. It lets us touch and understand some of our most complicated feelings. It helps us know who we are, what we want, how to be ourselves in the world.
  • Making music does even more. Humans are driven to make music as surely as we are driven to speak, to touch, to come closer to other humans. Why would we not want to give students the chance to learn how to express themselves in this manner?
  • Music is big business precisely because it is something that everybody wants. it does not need to make excuses for itself, as if it had no intrinsic worth. It has deep, powerful human value, and all of us who love it should be saying so.

He says that defending a music program because it’s good for other things is like defending kissing because it gives you stronger lip muscles for eating soup neatly, and finishes “A school without music is less whole, less human, less valuable, less complete. Stand up for music as itself, and stop making excuses.”

Source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/stop-defending-music-education-_b_7564550.html

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