Lowell Mason
The Father of Music Education in America
GEORGETOWN
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Music 314
Foundations & Principles of Music Education

Dr. Peter LaRue, Instructor

Handout - Talking Points #3

Quotable Quotes in Support of the Arts and Music

The arts are not a luxury of education, but emphatic expressions of that which makes education worthwhile.....Dewey

American Education should create a literate, well‑informed citizenry and cause equality of opportunity.....Leonhard and House

Education should be directed towards the preparation of the individual for productive participation in the activities basic to society.....Spencer

Music Education attains its supreme value when it is first and foremost aesthetic education and when it results in the development of the abilities necessary to enjoy music with perception and discrimination.....Leonhard and House - Aesthetic education  has as its mission the development of the human capacity for "THOUGHTFUL FEELING AND FEELINGFUL THOUGHT".....Leonhard

Art experience is closely connected with the qualities of ordinary experience and that ordinary experiences can grow naturally and normally into aesthetic experience......Dewey

Music is an unconsummated symbol.....Langer - Sentience is the pattern of life itself.....Langer

Music Education should enable the individual to participate fully in the musical life of his times.....Leonhard - Music education acts as a transmission of cultural  heritage.....Leonhard and House

To progressive education music was a medium of the most practical sort.....a natural means of pupil activity and expression - All human beings are inheritantly responsive to music

The primary objective of music education must be to develop the innate musical responsiveness of every individual to the highest possible level and to nurture   and expand his potential for aesthetic experience.....Leonhard and House - Man is unique among all creatures in the extent and quality of his potential.....Leonhard

The artist, prizing highly the phase of experience in which union is achieved,  DOES NOT SHUN MOMENTS OF RESISTANCE AND TENSION, BUT RATHER CULTIVATES THEM, NOT FOR THEIR OWN SAKE, BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR POTENTIALITIES, bringing to living consciousness an experience that is unified and total.

The human being has a peculiar  need, notable absent in other creatures, namely the need to symbolize experience. Man is a symbol‑making, symbol‑using and symbol‑responding creature who transforms experiences by means of symbols.....Langer

AN EXPERIENCE IS "AESTHETIC" WHEN RESISTANCE, TENSION, EXCITEMENT AND EMOTION ARE TRANSFORMED INTO A MOVEMENT TOWARDS FULFILLMENT, COMPLETION AND DYNAMIC RESOLUTION.....Dewey/Leonhard