Since 2004, I have been teaching music at Northwest. Music is often disregarded as a subject that is "less important" than the core subject areas (math, science, social studies, English). I believe (and I think many of the students at Northwest believe also) that music plays a larger role in our lives than any other subject. Music is valued at Northwest and the courses I instruct guide students towards better understanding of the music around them and develops the ability to create and make music themselves.
Why is music important? There are several studies that point towards music's positive effect on learning:
But more importantly, music is important because all humans can experience music: music can create a certain feeling or emotion, music can help us recall memories (both good and bad), music can unite us, and music can speak to us in ways no other art or subject can.
Music speaks what cannot be expressed,
soothes the mind and gives it rest,
heals the heart and makes it whole,
flows from heaven to the soul.
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