“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.” – Aristotle

“Education in music is most sovereign because more than anything else, rhythm and harmony find their way to the inmost soul and take strongest hold upon it, bringing with them and imparting grace if one is rightly trained.” – Plato

“I don’t know anything about music. In my line, you don’t have to.” – Elvis Presley

“The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.” – Igor Stravinsky

“Emotion, not thought, is the sphere of music.” – Rev. Hugh Reginald Haweis

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Chinese Proverb

“Music, in truth, is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life.” – Beethoven

“I don’t think I would have become President if it were not for my school music program.” – President Bill Clinton

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose… and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.” – President J. F. Kennedy

“If I had not studied music, there would be no Macintosh computers today.” – Jef Raskin (Father of the Macintosh computer)

“Art is humanity’s most essential, most universal language. It is not a frill, but a necessary part of communication. The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama architecture, visual art, and literature. We must give our children knowledge and understanding of civilization’s most profound works.” – Ernest L. Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein

“What a tragedy it would be if we lived in a world where music was not taught to children.” – H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General, U.S. Army, retired


“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them. A world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” – President Gerald Ford

“When it comes to igniting our children’s ability to learn and imagine, the arts must be just as central to our children’s education as the three R’s.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

“This country has made a huge mistake in cutting music and art out of school budgets. And it’s something we have to address because the future economy is dependent upon a creative generation.” – Mike Huckabee (Former Governor of Arkansas)

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