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Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity 

- The Selected Writings of Zoltan Kodaly, 1954.


Music has made major contributions to every civilization throughout history.  Because of music's universal importance, music education should be accessible to all students. Just as all children should learn to read, all children should have and understanding of their musical heritage.

The primary task of music education is to train young people to know, love, and respond to music; to be able to carefully evaluate the music they listen to and the music they perform; and to understand the world and its music that permeates everything we do.  To achieve these goals, certain skills must be developed using systematic, sequential learnings.

Students experience music through the conceptual elements of melody, rhythm, form, harmony, tempo, dynamics and tone color and how they are interrelated to contribute to the overall musical experience.  An on-going process of discriminating, comparing, generalizing, and organizing sound helps students grow in their musical sensitivity.

Students must develop skills necessary for a satisfying and rewarding experience both in the performance of music and in listening to it.  Skill instruction is organized through the activities of listening, singing, moving, playing, and reading and writing of music.  Skill development and conceptual development are interactive in process.