Music is an important subject for creative power, cultural understanding and development of identity. The subject shall give the pupils the basis for participating in music in a lifelong perspective. In the music subject, the pupils develop competence in playing, singing and dancing, in making music and in forming and understanding a diversity of expressions. The subject shall help the pupils to understand how music stems from cultures, creates culture and contributes to social change, and the pupils shall be given the opportunity to experience that music can contribute to the quality of life. The music subject shall prepare the pupils for participation in a social and working life which needs practical and aesthetic skills, creativity and social interaction.