“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” - Victor Hugo
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” - Confucius
The study and practice of Music in grades K-12 prepares students for life in the 21st century. The use of traditional and nontraditional media has created a demand for the development of new skills to enable all young people to communicate, collaborate, create, and improve critical thinking skills. These skills enable all students to work through the creative process with problem solving and critical thinking as the starting point. These higher-order thinking processes culminate in the communication of ideas, a key component of the 21st century skill set, through musical expression. Musicians communicate not only through their own work, but also by incorporating music expressed by others throughout time, diverse locations and differing cultures. Music literacy sequentially builds capacity for students to be independent learners who are capable of making informed decisions regarding their participation in the Fine and Performing Arts, as students, consumers and supporters throughout their lives.