Quoteable Quote Monday – Why I Teach Music

Quoteable Quote Monday – Why I Teach Music

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This is why I teach music

…not because I expect you to major in music,

not because I expect you to play or sing all your life,

not so you can relax,

not so you can have fun,

but so you will be human,

so you will recognize beauty,

so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world,

so you will have something to cling to,

so you will have more love, more compassion,

more gentleness, more good

in short, more life.

~ author unknown

By |2018-09-07T01:41:41+00:00October 14th, 2013|Teacher Tech Tips|10 Comments

About the Author:

I love to simplify technology for music teachers. I help teachers from all around the world through the Midnight Music Community - an online professional development community where teachers can take online courses, ask questions and receive personalised help for the music tech goals.


  1. Vaughan Wil;son November 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Katie. I enjoy immencely all your works and e mails and I wonder if you would permit me to write a song to “This is why I teach music and forward it to you for perusal. I( would write it on Musescore of course
    Kind Regards
    Vaughan Wilson
    Reg Teacher 16605 A M EB Australia

    • Katie November 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Hello Vaughan – I can’t grant permission because I am not the author of the quote. I did a lot of searching, but could not find who the author is. It might be best to seek guidance from APRA/AMCOS (http://www.apra-amcos.com.au/) regarding permission to use the lyrics for an original song.
      Glad to hear you are enjoying the emails though!
      – Katie

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  3. Lisa Shacklock August 24, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I love this quote, Katie. I laminated it and had it on my desk on the School Info night. It pretty much sums up my music teaching philosophy! Thanks so much for all your hard work and sharing your expertise with us. I have learnt soooo much from you!
    Kind regards,
    Lisa 🙂

    • Katie August 25, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Thankyou Lisa – you’re lovely!

      – Katie

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  5. Beverly Ann Barthel July 17, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    This quote nails it!
    Love it! 💗

  6. John August 26, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    This quote ROCKS!!!!! Thanks for making it free and downloadable. I will laminate too and put up in my room. Or maybe outside of my room or maybe on the door or maybe………

    • Katie August 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Haha – thanks John! It’s a good one isn’t it?

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