Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Schools : Music Day : the value of music in public education ! Resources

Music Day | stamps
Musical instruments
Oh! What a special day! Today, October 1 is International Music Day!

As my usual readers know, I love music, I have a master degree in Music/Piano. I have been a piano teacher for years. It would be impossible not to write about Music Day

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

Ludwig Von Beethoven

International Music Day is celebrated on 1 October each year. The day was established in 1975 by the International Music Council (IMC), which was founded by UNESCO in 1949. 
Music is essential to many of our lives and is a powerful platform that brings people together across cultures. 

Music Day | stamps
Musical instruments

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.

Music Day | stamps


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.

Music Day | stamps

The Five Music Rights of IMC make important declarations about artistic rights and values in respect of music. In particular, the first three Rights articulate much of what is expressed above:

  • 1st IMC Music Right: 'For all children and adults to express themselves musically in all freedom'
  • 2nd IMC Music Right: 'For all children and adults to learn musical languages and skills'
  • 3rdIMC Music Right: 'For all children and adults to have access to musical involvement through participation, listening, creation and information'
Read the entire Statement here

Music Day | stamps


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!

Don't forget the great digital resource on Voyager Google Earth! Beatlemania published on my blog May 2017.

Students from Bluffs Middle School | Nebraska
via StarHerald.com

Some thoughts:

"No truly cultural pursuit, involving the intellect and the emotions, is complete unless it can be regarded as both an end and a means."

Georges Duhamel, Académie Française

As my usual readers know, as a teacher I believe and pledge for the integration of Music in all schools, public and private.

Along the years I wrote often about Music as a fundamental subject in school. 

Music, a practical and active subject, must be taught as part of the curriculum in all year groups. 

The engagement of important and experienced musicians as Leonard Bernstein is central to achieving significant transformation, particularly to the lives of the most vulnerable children.

Bernstein manages this impressive feat of popular education, by dividing music into: Phonology (the study of sound); Syntax (the study of structure) and; Semantics (the study of meaning).

Of course this video is about Music education in Vocational Music Schools.

" I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosion expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. "

Billy Joel, musician


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