Music… a five-line graph of dots, rests and bars wherein these same seemingly haphazardly placed but universally understood graphics translate to the sounds of our souls. Pythagoras himself (late 500s BCE) lectured on his found Octave. Mathematicians and Musicians have been in a symbiotic state of mind since the dawn of thought. That said, the most recent catchphrase for the emphasis on the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is STEM. Its purpose, to direct the education of our students to excel and be competitive intellectually on a global level...
But where is the elusive other 'M'? The 'M' that is the first subject on the list for funding cuts, whether initiated by federal, state and/or local government? The 'M', which since antiquity has been raised to intellectual heights by countless scholars, mathematicians, statisticians, philosophers and Metallica... The missing 'M' is Music!
Music Education should not be considered an elective on the schedule nor the 'go to' subject for cuts. Consider the missing 'M' and its influence on the other STEM letters:
We could go on from the time of Hypatia of Alexandria to the current techno music scene and there would probably be an extraordinarily almost infinite list of how Music and Math, together, have been the driving force of creativity and genius.
But then, we do not necessarily need millions of genius'. We do, however, need the education of present and future students to include the creative process of music to better comprehend the nuances and simple perfection of mathematics. It is the integrative and multitasking capabilities of these same students that will edge them toward a future of possibility, invention, exploration and success.