As a matter of fact, education was divided into two main segments: the trivium (grammar, rethoric, dialectic) and the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and – oh surpise! – music).
Moving forward to the renaissance, the genius par excellance, Leonardo da Vinci, excelled in math as well music, besides of course everything else.
I myself have always been in love with music, not so with math.
When I was 15, I often ditched math class to complete my harmony assignments.
When my teacher caught me, instead of walking me to the director’s office, she tried to turn things around, showing me the application of mathematics in music, which in turn made me hate math a little less.
What my teacher had found, was the connection needed for me to find interest in something that I felt totally unrelated and resistant to. And while doing so, she discovered something new about music herself.
Subjects do not exist independetly, they complete each other.
The more a person is exposed to arts, the more the mind will blossom, even in areas not directly related to art.
So, how did we get to the point where teaching a child to be careless and bored about something as universal and beautiful as music became the ordinary? Why does the education system care so little about the importance of exposing children to music and art in general?
More will come…