Music and Children

Music is a mystery. What is it exactly? Music is sound certainly, but all sound is not music. It seems that the defining characteristic of music is that it organises sound. Speech organises sound to its own end, that of communicating a prescribed meaning. Music organises sound to its end which is more difficult to define but seems equally to have to do with meaning. And yet we access the meaning in music differently than that in speech. We seem to respond to music with parts of ourselves that have no truck with logic. We are charmed by pattern, enchanted by melody and moved by harmony. We find ourselves engulfed by sadness at a certain turn of phrase or begin to move and tap our foot without

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