09) TEMPO: Can the tempo of music be detrimental to both body and Spirit?

Prophetic Statements

Ezra Taft Benson

Don’t listen to music that is degrading. “Music can, by its tempo . . . dull the spiritual sensitivity of men (and women). Young people, you cannot afford to fill your minds with this unworthy, hard music of our day.” [1] [2]


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Supporting Statements

James Mursell

To study rhythm is to study all of music. Rhythm both organizes and is itself organized by all the elements which create and shape music processes. [3]


When the musics from all cultures of the world are considered, it is rhythm that stands out as most fundamental. Rhythm is the organizer and energizer. [4]

  1. “Inspiring Music-Worthy Thoughts,” Ensign 4 [January 1974]: 25
  2. Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988], 326
  3. James Mursell, author of Principles of Music Education
  4. Gaston
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