Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

(Last updated 01.16.18, with the most recent additions at the top of each list.)

Favorite quotes… 

  • “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
  • “The only thing better that singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald
  • “You can’t use up creativity.The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. He depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful.” – Benjamin Zander
  • “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”– Kurt Vonnegut
  • “I’ve never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.” – Virgil Thompson
  • “Music is the great unitier. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” Sarah Dessen, Just Listen (2006)
  • “Music is important because of the things that don’t make it math.” – Jeff Hayman, Composer
  • “Success only comes when you rise each time you fall. Mistakes are how you practice for your success!” – Lisa Phillips, The Artistic Edge
  • “Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.” – Ornette Coleman
  • “Every child is an undiscovered artist, and they’ll remain undiscovered if we assess them based on their tests and not their talents.” – Nicholas A. Ferroni
  • “An education without the arts is not an education, it’s just information.” – Nicholas A. Ferroni
  • “I can’t imagine an education without the arts, but, without the arts, our children won’t be able to imagine anything.” – Nicholas A. Ferroni
  • “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred DeVito
  • “A band is not proud because it performs well; it performs well because it is proud.” – George Parks
  • “I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing!” – William James
  • “The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth to sing. What a mistake that would be!” – Pete Seeger
  • When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favor of the war effort, he simply replied, “Then what are we fighting for?”
  • “If you want the kids’ test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to take a test.” – Adam Savage of TV’s Mythbusters
  • “Music should be listened to, not heard.” – Leonard Bernstein
  • “When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next one that makes it good or bad.” – Miles Davis
  • “An orchestra concert is where people go to find their souls. Having worked so hard to lose them, people come and sit in the dark under the spell of music and are reminded of their humanity.” – Garrison Keillor
  • “It is far more important who the elementary music teacher is in a small town than who the director of an opera house is because if the opera house director is not good, he will be dismissed in a year, but a poor music teacher in a small town can kill off the love of music for thirty years from thirty classes of children. This is an enormous responsibility.” – Zoltán Kodály
  • “The terror of performing never goes away. Instead, you get very comfortable being terrified.” – Eric Whitacre
  • “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” – Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “When you play, never mind who listens to you.” – Robert Schumann
  • “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” – Harper Lee
  • “There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.” – Chuck Todd, NBC’s Political Director, “Meet-the-Press” Moderator, (and French hornist who attended George Washington University on a music scholarship)
  • “Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills.” – from Frances H. Rauscher et alNeurological Research, vol. 19, February 1997.
  • “People who create in our companies – whether they be scientists, marketing experts, or business strategists – benefit from exposure to the arts. People cannot create when they work and live in a culturally sterile environment.” – John D. Ong, Chairman Emeritus, the BF Goodrich Company
  • “GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.” – Clifford V. Smith, Jr., former President of the General Electric Foundation
  • “Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven.” – Walter Savage Landor
  • “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley (Music at Night and Other Essays)
  • “To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.” – Aaron Copland, composer
  • “I believe that creativity will be the currency of the 21st” – Gerald Gordon, Ph.D., President/CEO, Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority
  • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
  • “The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.” – Cheryl Lavender
  • “Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.” – Jewel, singer/songwriter/instrumentalist

Quick “poster” thoughts (authors unknown) … 

  • “The only musician you should worry about being better than is the one you were yesterday.”
  • “Practice as if you are the worst. Perform as if you are the best.”
  • “Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.”
  • “TALENT doesn’t grow on trees… It grows in ORCHESTRA!”
  • “Music is not what I do, it’s who I am.”
  • “Music is basically the only thing that understands me.”
  • “Life without music would Bb.” (groans acknowledged)

And these made us LOL…

  • The legendary cellist, Pablo Cascals was asked why he continued to practice at the age of 90. “Because I think I’m making progress,” he replied.
  • “All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” – Frank Zappa
  • “In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.” – Robert Schumann
  • “Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.” – Igor Stravinsky
  • “When I was a little boy, I told my dad, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a musician.’ My dad said: ‘You can’t do both, Son’.” – Chet Atkins