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Articles tagged Toward the Quadrivium

A Quadrivium Developed (Part One)

"The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks."—Albert Einstein Education is much more than teaching specific content needed to pass the right...
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Music as a Liberating Art (Excerpted from The Neglected Muse: Why Music Is an Essential Liberal Art [Part V*])

The study of music has several goals. One of them is to improve, through education, students' aesthetic taste: to introduce them to truly great music in an effort to beget a love for all things graceful and well formed. As a music teacher, I hope that the study of...
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Learning from a Simple Melody: Scarborough Fair (Excerpted from The Neglected Muse: Why Music Is an Essential Liberal Art [Part IV*])

Music education that aims at real knowledge requires careful attention to the elements of music: tones, time-values, intervals, etc. Students must learn to read music and correctly identify notes on a staff. Soon after this "basic training," they should look closely at...
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“Education is to train the heart to love that which deserves loving.”

This quote from John Hodges’ first lecture at the Toward the Quadrivium event struck a chord with me. It invoked a desire to act! I realized there are many more good things I should love. So many, in fact, that it would require more than a million lifetimes of study...
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Music: An Essential Liberal Art

Is music a liberal art? Liberal education is under attack today, just as it has been during economic downturns in the past. Yet some of the most strident voices calling for a “bottom-line” evaluation of the liberal arts also espouse “traditional values.” For some...
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