When I was a teacher, we didn't get too deeply into the philosophic ideas of music but just got at it. Indeed, even during my university days we took care of the music at hand but never talked about why it was important or indeed anything like the Roman philosophy below. this comes from http://www.choralnet.org/
In case anyone tells you that the exclusion of music from the list of "real" academic subjects is a new invention, here's a quote from Roman philosopher Seneca:
And what of those who are engaged in composing, hearing, and learning songs, while they twist the voice, whose best and simplest movement Nature designed to be straightforward, into the meanderings of some indolent tune, who are always snapping their fingers as they beat time to some song they have in their head, who are overheard humming a tune when they have been summoned to serious, often even melancholy, matters? These have not leisure, but idle occupation.
Writing on Joanne Jacobs' excellent education blog,Diane Senechal has her high-school students read this letter from Seneca (which also condemns such frivolous activities as chess, sunbathing, spectator sports, and getting one's hair cut) as a starting point for classroom discussion about such activities as Facebook and texting.
Imagine getting your hair cut being a frivolous activity. I guess it is in the eye of the owner. In the 60's they certainly espoused that one.
So what place do you feel music should hold in our education and life?