Music is a Science
It is exact, experiential, and based in acoustic principals. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph indicating various frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once under the constant control of time. Each member gets a piece of the pie!
Music is Mathematical
Rhythmic subdivisions of time are fractions, calculated and acted upon instantaneously within the mind and subsequently, through the body. The kinesthetic and cognitive processes required by music are authentic.
Music is a Foreign Language
Music terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English - but a highly developed symbolic system, representing ideas and expressions. Music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is History
Music often reflects the environment/times of its creation, as well as the culture of the country from where it originates. Our music can be as diverse as the planet itself!
Music is Physical Education
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles. These voluntary macro and micro movements respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is all these things, but most of all,
Music is ART!
It allows a human being to take all these techniques, and with personality, use them to create beauty!