Is music the most important school subject?

Phillip Pullman: "of all the things the body can do, the richest, the most interesting, the most emotionally and intellectually fulfilling thing is music"

Phillip Pullman: “of all the things the body can do, the richest, the most interesting, the most emotionally and intellectually fulfilling thing is music”

In a recent feature for Intelligent Life magazine, renowned children’s author Philip Pullman has chosen music as the most important school subject. He writes,

of all the things the body can do, the richest, the most interesting, the most emotionally and intellectually fulfilling thing is music. Every child needs to encounter music as early as possible, and I don’t mean just listen and then answer questions: I mean make, with voice, with clapping hands and stamping feet, with instruments of every kind.

Other public figures were also quizzed which subject they thought was most important at school. Alain de Botton chose ‘Emotional intelligence’, Jessica Lahey chose ‘Cultural Literacy’, Rose Tremain chose ‘History, backwards’, Herman Koch chose ‘Basic Geography’, Deb Wilenski chose ‘Open-air Dawdling’ and Simon Singh chose ‘Physics’.

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1 Comment On This Topic
  1. Helen Evans
    1 year ago

    When I was at school I hated music. Really. I don’t like singing, I’m not interested in notes. I studied the theory of music (like composers, styles and their main features etc) in the Art class and it was enough for me. I think children at school are too overloaded with subjects. I think it would be better if children could choose Art subjects to their likings – Music, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture…. Art should be from the bottom of the heart

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