Benefits To Life
Benefits To Life
"Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life." Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO.
"Pablo Casals said, “music fills him with the wonder of life and the 'incredible marvel' of being a human.” Charles Ives said, “it expands his mind and challenges him to be a true individual”. Leonard Bernstein said. “it is enriching and ennobling.” “To me, that sounds like a good cause for making music and the arts an integral part of every child's education. Studying music and the arts elevates children's education, expands students' horizons, and teaches them to appreciate the wonder of life." U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, July 1999.
"Music making makes the elderly healthier.... There were significant decreases in anxiety, depression, and loneliness following keyboard lessons. These are factors that are critical in coping with stress, stimulating the immune system, and in improved health. Results also show significant increases in human growth hormones following the same group keyboard lessons. (Human growth hormone is implicated in aches and pains.)" Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999.
"Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them, a world of work, culture, intellectual activity & human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." Gerald Ford, former President, United States of America .
"I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children." H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General, U.S. Army, retired"Source: MENC: The National Association for Music Education "Benefits of Music Education" Brochure, Spring 2002".