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Music, like other studies taught as a specialty in the schools, must prove unsatisfactory at the best. One or more special teachers of music giving lessons in the different schools of a city at fixed hours, cannot usually (io the efficient work that is needed. Rote singing may serve a good purpose in many ways. It disciplines the taste and the voice, and makes many children familiar with pleasant runes to sing at home. It does not, however, give the pupil any useful ideas that can be applied to self-advancement. To accom­plish this, music should be taught as a graded study, on the basis of a uniform system for all schools. Teachers under the direction of competent instructors,
who should be required to supervise all instruction, may become very efficient in imparting the elements of music. By this method music in the school can. be made of great practical benefit. Music is allied to art by poetical affinity and humanizing power. It is the most elevating of all recreations, while at the same time it forms one of the most available means for the enlivening of toil and care. In teaching draw­ing, we do not propose to make artists ; so in teach­ing music, it is not proposed to make musicians; but we can make the time devoted to this study of so much practical benefit to the pupil, that he will always feel in it an intelligent personal interest.
THOSE ENDEARING YOUNG CHARMS.
Davenant.
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