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In 1981, the accomplished cellist and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich, had a performance at United Nations Headquarters in New York City for an event on behalf of UNICEF. Guest performers and young music students from the city were invited to perform with the orchestra. The Maestro was a product of Soviet Russian culture where children were selected to be introduced to music education based on completely random decisions (look, speech, posture, politeness) and he had limited expectations. But something magical happened. Members of the U.N. congregation asked the students to improvise on randomly given melodies. They performed masterfully and were rewarded with...
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Not every student who enjoys science or does well in science class is being groomed to become a scientist. Nor is every student that excels in math going to become an engineer or a mathematician. The goal of physical education is not to create an army of professional athletes. So why would it be acceptable to assume that music education exists only to educate musicians? Music is an experience. It molds leaders and develops characters. Music unfolds the mind in ways we are only just beginning to understand. It somehow allows us to experience emotion and then gives us a vehicle...
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