Plato and music education

(Yes, I know this isn’t a Catholic quotation. I went investigating anyhow.)

I would teach children music, physics and philosophy, but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the key to learning. – Plato

It sounds like something that might be in The Republic, but ….

  1. Wikiquote has it as an unsourced quotation.
  2. A generic Internet search for it is of course hopeless (though I tried anyhow).
  3. It’s not in the Jowett translation of The Republic, which I understand has translation issues but is the only translation freely available that I could find. (Hint: I am not going to try to wade through The Republic in Greek.)

I did find it on Google Books in a couple spots, one of which gives as a reference “National Coalition for Music Education, 1997”. But a Google search for whatever document that may be referencing came up empty.

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