• Elementary Strings Program

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    Elementary Strings!

    Here you will find information pertaining to the Fourth and Fifth Grade Strings Classes.

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    Why I Teach Music!

    Music is a Science
    It is exact, specific, and demands exact acoustics. A conductor's score is a chart, a graph, indicating frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once with the most exact control of time.

    Music is Mathematical
    It is thematically 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 Italian, German, or French; the notation is certainly not English - but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is a most complex and universal language.

    Music is History
    Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and or racial feeling of the times.

    Music is Physical Education
    It requires  coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to the 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 an 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; human feeling, emotion, call it what you will.

    That is why I teach Music 
    Not because I expect you to major in music. Not because I expect you to play or sing all your life. Not so you can relax or have fun. BUT..so you will be human, you will recognize beauty, you will be sensitive, you will be closer to an infinite beyond the world, you will have something to cling to, you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good...in short, so you will have more life. Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?


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