Students live in a world in which music has an important and pervasive presence. Whether actively engaging in music by listening, performing or composing, or incidentally encountering music, students have an individual experience of music.
Music is a powerfully emotive medium, which can both move students and be used by students to move others. It is therefore important that students develop an understanding of how music is used by performers and recording artists to communicate a message to their audience.
Fundamentally, music is designed to be an exuberant offering from us to God to proclaim His goodness to all creation. The Psalms are full of spirited exhortations to sing and make music to the Lord: "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations" (Psalm 100).
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