Why Music Matters Quotes:
There is a practical reason for music education: it teaches people to think, to solve problems, to take risks, to think independently, to be an entrepreneur and innovator. The virtues of music education are the virtues of free enterprise in general and of a high tech, knowledge based society in particular: flexibility, adaptability, inventiveness, even playfulness.
William E. LaMothe, C.E.O., Xerox Company
In the eyes of posterity the success of the United States as a civilized society will be largely judged by the creative activities of its citizens in the arts, architecture, literature and music.
President Eisenhowers Commission on National Goals
Music is a way for young people to connect with themselves as well as a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.
Daniel A. Carp, CEO, Eastman Kodak
Music is about communication, creativity and cooperation. By studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives and experience the world from a new perspective.
President Bill Clinton
The arts are an important component of education. Music reaches us and teaches us in ways that can enlighten, and inspire for a lifetime. Some people may see music as entertainment, not relevant to the problems of the day, but music is very important in giving a sense of direction and purpose to the youth of our society.
John Bryan, CEO, Sara Lee Corporation
During the Gulf War music brought me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North, and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf United States Army
The things I learned from my experience in music in school are discipline, perseverance, dependability, composure, courage and pride in results. . . Not a bad preparation for the workforce!
Gregory Anrig President, Educational Testing Service
A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.
Robert E. Allen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation
The back-to basics curricula, while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring indeed requiring self-discipline, may be more basic to our nation's survival than traditional courses.
Paul Harvey syndicated radio show host
In every successful business there is one budget line that never gets cut. Its called Product Development and its the key to any companys future growth. Music education is critical to the product development of this nations most important resource our children.
John Sykes President, VH1
Music is exciting. It is thrilling to be with a group of people creating the same piece of music. You are part of a great, powerful, vibrant entity. Music is important. It says things your heart can't say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks.
Dan Rather CBS News
Music is an essential part of everything we do. Music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.
Jim Henson film/television producer and puppeteer
Helping our children become the most informed, well-rounded people they can be is the greatest gift we can offer them. It will allow them to embrace the world and to reach their full potential in both their personal and professional lives. It is our job, as parents, educators, and friends, to see that our young people have the opportunity to participate in music. In addition to learning the valuable lesson that it takes hard work to achieve success, music education can provide students with a strong sense of determination, improved communication skills, and a host of other qualities essential for successful living.
Edward H. Rensi President, McDonald's
Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that to which the legislator ought to give the greatest encouragement.
Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world driving wedges between people, it's important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.
Ted Turner - Corporate Executive