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Music Quotes


"No Music, No Life. Know Music, Know Life."

Maynard Ferguson, Professional Musician

Maynard "If you become a professional musician, that´s wonderful; and if you don´t make it your profession, it´s one of the greatest gifts you will ever have. So, enjoy it and remember it´s a toy [pointing to his trumpet] and boy, it´s a lot of fun."

Dan Rather, CBS News

Rather "Music is exciting. It is thrilling to be sitting in a group of musicians playing (more or less) the same piece of music. You are part of a great, powerful, vibrant entity. And nothing beats the feeling you get when you´ve practiced a difficult section over and over and finally get it right. (yes, even on the wood block.) Music is important. It says things you heart can´t say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks. Music crosses borders, turns smiles into frowns, and vice versa. These observations are shared with a hope: that, when schools cut back on music classes, they really think about what they´re doing - and don´t take music for granted."

John Sykes, President, VH1

Sykes"In every successful business... there is one budget line that never gets cut. It´s called ´Product Development´ - and it´s the key to any company´s future growth. Music education is critical to the product development of this nation´s most important resource - our children."

Bill Clinton, Former President of the US

Clinton "Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying music in schools, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective."

Richard Dreyfuss, actor

Dreyfuss "Perhaps we´ve all misunderstood the reason we learn music, and all the arts in the first place. It is not only so a student can learn the clarinet, or another student can take an acting lesson. It is that for hundreds of years it has been known that teaching the arts, along with history and math and biology, helps create the well-rounded mind that western civilization, and America, have been grounded on."

Robert E. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation

Allen "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."

Jewel, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist

Jewel "Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it´s essential to being human."

Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

Riley "I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training - training that prepares them to become confident young men and women."

Martin Luther, Professor of Theology

Luther "Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools."

J.K. Rowling, author (Harry Potter novels)

Rowling "Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!"

Ludwig van Beethoven, composer

Beethoven "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents."

John Erskine, US author and educator (1879-1951)

Erskine"Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing."

Henry Van Dyke, American Author

Van Dyke "Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best."

Nick Cannon, Drumline

Cannon "I always had a lot of energy when I was in school, and it was hard for me to focus until I picked up an instrument. And I was able to focus on that and show my love for drums and keyboard, and once I did that I was able to excel more in school, so I think it´s definitely important for you to keep your musical instruments and stuff in school. It helps you with your other work − you can have something to help you focus. It´s definitely important to me."

Amber Tamblyn, Joan of Arcadia

Tamblyn "I think music is one of the best forms of expression for young people. I think it´s extremely important that they not only listen to it and listen to quality music, but engage in it as well. So I think that music programs and probably relationship and conversation programs in school are the most important things in school. Those are the keys to a healthy human being, a healthy child − expression and learning how to be able to talk and communicate."

Emily VanCamp, Everwood

VanCamp"It´s important to inspire children creatively in schools − those are the crucial years of growing. It´s insane not to have music for children in school. I really don´t understand that. I´m from Canada. I did have music education, and I adored it. It´s so important to inspire kids creatively."

Paul Harvey, Broadcaster/Commentator

Harvey "Our schools tend to refine intellects but neglect to discipline emotions. For anyone to grow up complete, music is imperative."

Paul Harvey, Broadcaster/Commentator

Harvey "Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? 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 nations survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment."

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, United States Army

Schwartzkopf "During the Gulf War, the few opportunities I had for relaxation I always listened to music, and it 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."

Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation

Smith "GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence.They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities."

Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation

Calahan "Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence."

Plato, writer/philosopher

Plato "Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul."

Dr. Denise C. Gardner, Effect of Music Courses On Retention, Georgia Tech, 2000

Gardner "Taking a music elective course is a better indicator that a student will stay in college than high SAT scores or high GPA."

Gregory Anrig, President, Educational Testing Service

Anrig "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!"

Jim Henson, television producer and puppeteer

Henson "Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul."

Rachel Miner, Bully

Miner "Music helps get kids passionate about something. I think music is one of those tools that helps people to free themselves. I think there´s no better thing than being able to create something, to really come alive and explore what you can make."

Gustav Mahler, composer

Mahler "If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer

Longfellow "Music is the universal language of mankind."

Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

Huxley "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

Bill Cosby, Comedian, Actor

Cosby "Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes."

Billy Joel, musician

Joel "I think music in itself is healing. It´s an explosive expression of humanity. It´s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we´re from, everyone loves music."

Charlie Parker, jazz musician

Parker "Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don´t live it, it won´t come out of your horn. They teach you there´s a boundary line to music. But, man, there´s no boundary line to art."