Handout - Talking Points
More "Quotable Quotes" for Music and our
As teachers of music, we must touch the hearts of students, stir the
feelings of students and kindle the imagination of students.
We, as teachers, must remember that responsiveness to music is "TAUGHT BY
EXAMPLE AND LEARNED BY CONTAGION." Only to the extent that we as teachers
are moved by the expressive import of music , can we lead our students to
responsiveness of that import.
The primary purpose of the arts in general is to ENHANCE, VIVIFY, INTENSIFY
AND CLARIFY human experience and emotion.
If art education (music, dance, theater, etc.) is Perceived as peripheral,
if people see it as "icing on the curricular cake".....AS THEY DO, then
there is s serious misperception of art in our culture and art education in
our schools and. colleges.
Every child is capable of developing some kind of relationship with music as
creator, performer or listener. Interest and motivation can be sparked at
any age. Music educators must try to help all youngsters understand the
elements of music and become discriminating and enlightened consumers.
The primary role of the music program in the public school is to stimulate
thoughtful feeling and feelingful thought. The program should involve
processes in which the imagination is freed, stimulated and taken into
flight. In this role, music educators will be in a position to counter the
sterility and depersonalization which pervades contemporary society.
In a rapidly changing society beset by problems and issues of almost
overwhelming magnitude, it is essential that opportunities for individual
performance and expression are encouraged and expanded. It is these programs
in our schools, identified as "arts education" [i.e. music, dance, theater
and art] which most fully allow for such performance and expression.
The arts are one of the avenues through which children can enter the world
of learning, and schools are making insufficient use of art and music and
drama and story telling to awaken curiosity in young people and motivate
them to learn.
Aesthetic experience is a manifestation, a record and celebration of the
life of a civilization, a means of promoting its development, and is the
ultimate judgment upon the quality of a civilization.
**the above taken from writings of Dewey, Leonhard, Fowler, Senator Pell,