The main objectives of the Day are to celebrate the importance of music and musicians worldwide and to promote its value in society by building peace and understanding through a common language.
Music is a language that all people speak and that cuts across cultural, social, and economic barriers and enhances cultural appreciation and awareness.
Art provides opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right "to enjoy the arts", as they constitute an important vehicle for individuals and communities to develop and express their humanity.
The vitality of artistic creativity is also necessary for the development of vibrant cultures, for the protection and promotion of cultural diversity across the world and for the smooth functioning of democratic societies.
Many studies have emerged in recent years describing the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral benefits of music education for children. But given the tight budgets and questionable priorities of so many schools, a lot of kids don't begin formal music training until they enter high school and (only 2 years) or decide to join a band or chorus.
Children and young adults from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to make music with others, to learn to sing or to dance, to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence.
INPA issued three mini-sheets of twelve stamps to celebrate International Music Day on 1 October 2018. The stamps featuring Brass and Woodwinds, Strings and Percussion were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations). An interesting resource to include into school curriculum to teach Music and its instruments hearing some musical excerpts chosen previously by teachers.
The Beatles on Abbey Road
credits: James Veysey/HUTTERSTOCK
And why not talk and include into school curriculum pop-rock music? That´s right! By the way, did you know that Abbey Road celebrated its 50th anniversary last 26 September? Yes!