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I enthusiastically welcome you to the Mary Persons High School Choral Music Program, an organization striving to build a reputation for excellence in this school, community, and state.

 

Why study music?

 

 

Music Is Science

 

It is exact, specific; it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

 

Music Is Mathematics

 

It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

 

Music Is Foreign Language

 

Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; the notation is certainly not English, but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. Music is the most complete and universal language.

 

Music Is History

 

Music reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country of its origin. 

 

Music Is Physical Education

 

It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles, all of which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

 

Music Is All of These Things, but Most of All, Music Is Art

 

It allows a person to take all of these dry, boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion.

 

That is why I teach music.

Not because I expect you to major in music...

Not because I expect you to sing or play all of your life...

Not so you can relax...

Not so you can have fun...

But:

so you will be human

so you will recognize beauty

so you will be sensitive

so you will have something to cling to

so you will have more love, more compassion,

more gentleness, more good,

in short, more life.

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?

 

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