Why I Teach Music

  • I don't teach music because it is a math - even though you have to subdivide beats.

    I don't teach music because it is a foreign language - even though you need to know foreign terms in Italian, French, German, etc.

    I don't teach music because it is history - even though music always reflects a part of our time.

    I don't teach music because it is a physical education - even though you march around and spend countless hours practicing in order to coordinate your fingerings.

    photo I don't teach music because it is a science - even though you deal with acoustics.
     
    I don't teach music because it is an art - even though it allows a human being to take dry and boring things and create an emotion.

    I don't teach music because I expect you to go out and major in music.

    I don't teach music because I expect you to play or sing for the rest of your life, although I'd like you to.

    I don't teach it to you so you can relax and have fun either.

    I don't teach music for any of these reasons.

    I teach it to you so that you will be more human - so that you will recognize beauty—so you will be sensitive—so that you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world—so you'll have something to cling to—so that you will have more compassion, more gentleness, more goodness, and in short - so that you will have more life.

    Of what value will it be if you make a prosperous living unless you've learned how to live?

    That is why I teach music.