Music is pervasive in our world. It is a universal means of individual expression that transcends language. It is a part of every culture and of all creation. It is especially important in the history of the Catholic Church. “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of other artAs a combination of sared music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1156).
Music education is an investment in the well-being of children. It empowers the students to express themselves in music.
The richness of music from world cultures, from historical times, and as an expression of social movements and ideologies informs studies in history, literature, economics and language. Music is not an “extra” subject that can be dropped because of economic difficulties or limited time availability. It is important in its own right because of the value that it has in educating the whole child and because of the power that it has to bring people to God.