Academic excellence, excellence on the job and individual excellence all demand commitment to high intellectual, physical or creative standards. In a well-rounded education, the study of music fosters just such a commitment. As students acquire basic musical skills and knowledge, their understanding enables them to perceive how musical standards define excellence, to recognize excellence in the works of others and to achieve excellence in their own performance. Thus, a balanced sequential program of music study can serve as the foundation for the personal achievement at the highest possible level-and a doorway to past and current accomplishments in our own musical heritage. Music study-think about it-It's an education for life.
~ from the Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Music