I believe that music, ubiquitous to every society, is each human’s birthright. It has been part of our collective consciousness since prehistory, and perhaps even predates our species. (Darwin hypothesized that language evolved from music.) Our ancestors were building flutes during the Ice Age, at a time in which our species struggled to survive. What makes music so valuable to humankind that precious resources, time and energy were spent in its creation? My hunch is that music is an essential tool which connects us to life us in many ways. We use music as a tool to connect interpersonally, physically, spatially, mathematically, verbally, spiritually, historically and culturally. Even on a micro level, the entire brain lights up during music activity: cognitively, our very neurons are connected in the music process.

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