Friday, July 10, 2009

Why Participate in Fine Arts?

The following article was written by a homeschool
band director but is applicable to orchestra and choir as well.
So consider the title - "Why Participate in Fine Arts".

Written by Paul Somer
Instruments of Praise Band Homeschool Band Director – Houston, Texas

Music is a science
It is exact, specified; and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is mathematical
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a foreign language
Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French; and the notation is certainly not English - but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is history
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling.
Music is physical education
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks and facial muscles; in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
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 and worship God Almighty. That is one thing science and mathematics cannot duplicate.

Your Child Should Study Music
To Gain These Benefits:
· Self Confidence
· Responsibility
· Mental and Physical Discipline
· Coordination - Dexterity
· Group Activity - Cooperation and Unity
· Creative and Recreative Activities - Self-expression
· Playing an instrument will put your child into worthwhile activities that will utilize constructive use of leisure time
· Research has shown that students who play in the band usually get better grades
· Increased joy of living through appreciation of the arts
· Development of a career or a vocation
· Being part of a team with a common goal
· Training to become a happy, cooperative and useful citizen
· Playing a musical instrument should provide pleasure for the child and the whole family
Please give your children the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments so that you and they may experience these advantages!