How Important Is Music?

From the February 2011 Trumpet Print Edition
What the ayatollah, Darwin and Freud were missing out on By Ryan Malone

“It’s better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills.” Those were the words of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last August when he denounced all forms of music as “not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic.”

It’s not unusual for dictators to forbid harmless or even worthwhile endeavors that they find threatening to their authority. But did the ayatollah have a point? Are science and other skills more “useful” to our children than music? Many people apparently think so, just judging by the impoverished music programs of the average public school.

Read the rest of this very interesting and well-written article about the importance of music in both our society and in childrens’ overall development.

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