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date: 28 March 2020

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Musical education is largely about the student's becoming comfortable enough with musical elements, forms, and techniques to allow her to “speak” through the music and to have the music speak through her. This article examines this connection, this “something” that accounts for why people seek out and listen to music, why people love music, and why people dedicate their entire lives to performing, composing, and teaching music. By learning music, one learns to connect deeply and actively with something outside oneself. The separation and disconnection that give rise to everyday strivings are replaced by connection and attunement.

Keywords: musical learner, musical elements, attunement, musical connection, musical education

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