The Value of Music in General Education

Brother Eugene Finbar Ryall, Fordham University


In trying to determine the place music should occupy in the school curriculum. it is necessary to have a clear and accurate conception of what education really means. The function of education is to develop the physical, mental, emotional, and moral nature of man. The system of education that does not take into account these four qualities of human nature, must prove a failure. You can't appeal to one. to the total exclusion of the others. Every child is a "bundle of unlimited possibilities", and the curriculum must provide for the development of what nature has implanted, in order that the child may grow up with the potentialities that are in him, so that he may become the most perfect type of manhood. Learning is not so much a matter of acquiring knowledge, as of gaining power, and of bringing out instincts to their fullest development by instilling new impulses, and by recalling moral principles at precisely the time when they sink deepest and may influence conduct most. To do this, all the essential elements in the person to be educated must be combined with one end in view, viz., the perfect balance of all the God-given faculties of a human being.

Subject Area

Music education|Educational evaluation

Recommended Citation

Ryall, Brother Eugene Finbar, "The Value of Music in General Education" (1926). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29281775.