Is music education important? It’s a question that demands cognitive dissonance.
We’re big people; we can hold two thoughts in our head at once.
On a list that includes global climate change, nuclear deals, human trafficking, presidential elections, gun violence, and all the other stories that make news headlines, music education doesn’t make the top-50.
In the classroom, in the rehearsal, to the student immersed in your lesson, there is nothing more important than the music education you are giving him. You are positively affecting the lives of the students you teach on every level.
Look at both of those ideas; they are both true, and it’s important that we can acknowledge them both.