Welcome to Music!

The Importance of Music
by Elton Xhoja

If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.
~Gustav Mahler~

What did Gustav Mahler mean by this? Mahler, a late Romantic Austrian Composer meant, is that, life, history, theater, places, and experiences in general, are much more amplified if expressed through music. You don't have to be a musician to experience that. Just listening to music can have a great effect on your life. People like particular songs because they connect to them with important life experiences; they consider those songs to be the soundtracks of their lives. Music has the power to deeply carve memories.

In this instant-access world, music has become very easy to access. But we should not take it for granted. What would it be like there was no music? Imagine how dull life would be, how boring the movies would be without it. We are immersed in music: in the movies, theater, weddings, funerals, while driving a car, walking, malls, commercials, masses, military, schools, therapies etc.. Even the old silent movies of Charlie Chaplin featured music. Although Charlie Chaplin was a great actor and you could easily tell his emotions through the picture, music was the aural script for the viewer. Amazingly it created a much more powerful feeling. Let's watch a short excerpt from a Charlie Chaplin's film "The Circus." Please watch it twice, once with the sound on and once with the sound off to tell the difference.

"The Circus"

Music is the only subject taught in schools today that can be incorporated with other subjects and make learning much more effective. For instance, history, geography, language arts, and physical education can be much more fun by incorporating music into activities such as exercising, powerpoint presentations, slideshows and more. Researches have shown that kids who are involved in music, perform better academically and also have a higher self esteem.
In conclusion, music has been very important to humans for thousands of years, and it will continue to be so, because it is food for our souls.
Welcome to the feast!

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