Why Teach Music?
Music is a science.... Music is mathematical.... Music is a foreign language.... Music is history.... Music is physical education.... Music develops insight and demands research.
Music is all these things, but most of all, music is art.
It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, call it what you will. That is why we teach music!
We do not teach because we expect our students to major in music. Nor because we expect them to play and sing all their lives. Nor so they can relax. Nor so they can have fun.
But so they will be human... So they will recognize beauty... So they will be sensitive... So they will be closer to an infinite beyond this world.... So they will have something to cling to... So they will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good. In short, more life.
People make beautiful music, and music makes beautiful people.