Music quotes can help us (and our students!) better understand the power of music. Here are a few that I saw this week.
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." - Leonard Bernstein
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. " Maya Angelou
“I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.” - Plato
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." S. Rachmaninoff
"The only thing better than singing is more singing." Ella Fitzgerald
"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!" - A. Dumbledore
“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”—Mark Twain
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." - Aristotle
A friend quoted Einstein to me this week: "Not everything that counts can be counted; not everything that can be counted counts." I've been hanging on to that thought: we often get caught up in the immediate, the things that seem to demand our attention, the things the are often only distractions from the very best things. In music, we have the same temptations. Yes, the notes and the rhythms count (pun intended), but music is not notes, and the notes are not always music. Music comes from the heart, from our inner spiritual beings, from the place inside us where words don't always exist. I pray that we as music educators will never lose sight of that.
Lynne German Composer, Musician, Teacher