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Music AT Home. �We have great faith in the hu�manizing power of music, and especially of music in the house and the home. Even in a moral point of view it is thoroughly harmonizing in its influence. To sec a family grouped round the piano-forte in an even�ing, blending their voices together in the strains of Haydn or Mozart, or in the better known and loved melodies of our native land, is a beautiful sight�a graceful and joyous picture of domestic happiness. The mother takes the piano-forte accompaniment, the
father leads with a violin or flute, or supports (he met ody with the bass, while the young group furnish th« soprano and alto parts. What is more likely to maks home attractive, or to cause children to grow up i& love with domestic life, than such a practice as this ? The young ought to be sedulously taught music, so that, when they grow up, no youth, no operative, no; man, nor woman, may be without the solace of song Let a taste for home music be cultivated in the rising generation, and we shall answer for the good effects.
" But I have no voice," says one; " I have no ear for music," says another. Could you read before you learned to do so ? Could you write without traveling the crooked path of pot-hooks ? You can speak, be�cause you learned to do so. And you can sing, pro�vided you learn how. But you can no more sing without learning than the Irishman could play the fid�dle who had ■ never tried." Every human being pos�sesses the faculty of music to a greater or less extent, but the gift must be cultivated, and not allowed to
" rust in us unused." It was doubdess conferred on man for a wise purpose; and, like all our other facul�ties, intended to be exercised for our pleasure and well-being. In our schemes of education, this divine gift of song has been almost entirely overlooked. Very rarely, indeed, does the school-master dream oi the necessity for cultivating it, and so the gift lie* waste. In Germany music and singing form a part of the school education of almost every child; hence the homes of Germany arc musical and temperate.
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