Why We Teach Music

At Detroit Children's Choir, we have a passion for inclusive arts education and using music to foster positive changes in our community. This inspirational piece captures the many ways music educates and inspires us as teachers, students, musicians, and audiences.

Why Music?

Music is a Science
Music is Mathematical
Music is a Foreign Language
Music is History
Music is Physical Education
Music Develops Insight and Demands Research
Music is all these things, but most of all,
Music is Art.

That is why we teach music:
Not because we expect you to major in music …
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life …

But so you will be human…
So you will recognize beauty …
So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world…

So you will have something to cling to …
So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good _
In short, more LIFE

— R Daniel Mooney —


SOURCE: This piece is usually attributed to "Author Unknown". With a little digging, we learned it was originally published in the 1960s in the NY State Musician Journal, and written by R Daniel Mooney, who was a musician and educator in New York. Thanks to Importance of Music in Schools by EDTAP.com and Music Has A Path To Our Souls by Tracey Hall for this info!