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The art of drumming and music is an art that simultaneously nourishes our mind, body and spirit and in doing so it nourishes individuals and communities.  Physically, drumming and music helps us improve our coordination, dexterity, self control and so much more.  Mentally, it challenges our creative and analytical minds and opens the door for us to learn about related disciplines, including math, the arts, science, history, language, communication & more.  Spiritually it lifts our sense of wellbeing and can enable us to grow in spiritual qualities (patience, creativity, discipline, focus, joy, peace, understanding, etc.).

"The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe." ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

"If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." ~ Nikola Tesla

"Music rightly is the best mind trainer.~ Dr. Charles Eloit, former president of Harvard University

"Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below." ~ Joseph Addison

"From the beginning of his education, the child should experience the joy of discovery." ~ Alfred North Whitehead

"The foundations of any subject may be taught to anybody at any age in some form." ~ Jerome Bruner

“The end of technique is skill, the end of skill is spirituality.” ~Sifu Fong Ha

"Casals says music fills him with the wonder of life and the ‘incredible marvel’ of being a human. Ives says it expands his mind and challenges him to be a true individual. Bernstein says it is enriching and ennobling. To me, that sounds like a good cause for making music and the arts an integral part of every child’s education. Studying music and the arts elevates children’s education, expands students’ horizons, and teaches them to appreciate the wonder of life." ~Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education, July 1999

"It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible." ~Victor de LaPrade

"Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture." ~Joseph Addison

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees. ~Andres Segovia

“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.” — Gerald Ford, former President, United States of America

“The nation’s top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.” ~“The Changing Workplace is Changing Our View of Education” Business Week, October 1996.

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. ~Plato

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.” — Gerald Ford, former President, United States of America

"The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament."
Igor Stravinsky

Children learn to talk by experimenting and listening; they can learn to make music by experimenting and listening--unless we stop them! Place children in surroundings that are full of "invitations to learn," provide them with encouraging and sympathetic attitudes from adults, as well as knowledge, and amazing things can happen--especially to the sensory perceptions that are central to the arts...do we have to embark with them on what are frequently unknown seas? ~Emma D. Sheehy

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.” — Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America

"I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock... These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys." ~ Marvin Gaye

"During the Gulf War, the few opportunities I had for relaxation I always listened to music, and it brought to me great peace of mind. I have shared my love of music with people throughout this world, while listening to the drums and special instruments of the Far East, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Far North — and all of this started with the music appreciation course that I was taught in a third-grade elementary class in Princeton, New Jersey. 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 is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.” — Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO.

"'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's incln'd." - Alexander Pope

"Most historians agree that if music started anywhere it started with the beating of a rhythm.  An unadulterated rhythm is so immediate and direct in its effect upon us that we instinctively feel its primal origins." Aaron Copeland, How to Listen to Music, pg 34

“Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits. An association of music and math has, in fact, long been noted. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others. In medicine, increasing published reports demonstrate that music has a healing effect on patients. For all these reasons, it deserves strong support in our educational system, along with the other arts, the sciences, and athletics.” — Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Leading Heart Surgeon, Baylor College of Music.

"A good drummer listens as much as he plays."
-Indian Proverb

"We love music for the buried hopes, the garnered memories, the tender feelings it can summon at a touch." ~ Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Music is the heartbeat of the universe.  It reaches into the outer ramparts of eternity where time and space are nonexistent; it touches the stars and is reflected in the beauty of the galaxy.  It is exemplified in the mathematical precision found in the largest star and the tiniest molecule.  Music is emotional.  It touches the heart and creates a response with the listener without his being aware of the technique." ~John Rossel

"Great music is a flame that lights the tapers of man's noblest thoughts and drives shadows from the corridors of his soul." ~Douglas Meador

"There's music in the sighing of a reed;

"There's music in the gushing of a rill;

"There's music in all things, if men had ears;

"Their earth is but an echo of the spheres."  ~Lord Byron

Study Bach! There you’ll find everything. - Johannes Brahms

Bach opens a vista onto the Universe. After hearing him, people feel there may be meaning to life after all. - Helmut Walcha

Although I don’t believe in God, Bach’s music shows me what a love of God must feel like. - Alain de Botton

Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: 'Chi sa più, meno sa— Who knows most, knows least. ~ Mozart

The most necessary, most difficult and principal thing in music, that is time. ~ Mozart from Mozart: The Man and the Artist, as Revealed in his own Wordsby Friedrich Kerst, trans. Henry Edward Krehbiel (1906)



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