Hasan Toufiq Imam


The purpose of this study is to explore the reasons why Plato places importance on music in education and how Plato believes music, education, and morality are connected. Plato is one of the greatest philosophers in history. The principal concern of all of his theories is to establish justice in the state. To build justice, Plato advocates for proper education. Education can develop values like wisdom, courage, goodness, solidarity, harmony in the mind of the individual. The result of this study shows that music in education, according to Plato can inculcate the values deep within the soul. The early childhood, in particular, is Plato’s priority for music in education. Because music has rhythm and sound which soften the minds of the children. As the children are imitative, they assimilate the music subconsciously and it gradually develops moral values. Plato warns at the same time, of the negative aspects of music. The music which does not convey morality, ethics, harms the child’s soul. As aftermath, Plato suggests state supervision over the music.

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