There are three general branches to a liberal education--the informative, such as history and the sciences; the mind-training, philosophy and mathematics; and the purely cultural, such as the fine arts and music. The last group is most often overlooked nowadays, yet in it lies the difference between a really educated man and merely a well-trained man. It is sometimes difficult to secure an education in the arts along with the more practical subjects, because they are of a nature not so easily taught in books and lectures. But the University is fortunate not only in having an excellent and deservedly famous music department; but also in having at hand the means of teaching music as it should be taught--by ear rather than by eye.
Aside from the many concerts in Boston, and recitals by various members of the music department, there is an annual event of the greatest value, the series of Whiting recitals in Paine Hall. Mr. Arthur Whiting, with the assistance of other artists, gives each year at the three large eastern Universities a series of musical recitals planned in such a way as to illustrate different phases of the art, and explained by him, a true lover of music, in interesting talks before the concert. Such a program is both valuable and entertaining; Mr. Whiting will receive a hearty welcome when he comes to the Music Building for his first concert tonight.