Roberto Goitre commented on the importance of the choir as educational resource as follows:
"The choir is a community where one is required to master personality and find the perfect balance with others, in voice colour and resonance. On the one hand, each member must give his/her best without boasting any merit; on the other hand, the smallest distraction, an unbalanced emission of a sound or the wrong interpretation of a dynamic sign might damage the whole group and jeopardize a preparation that lasted for weeks or even months! Isn’t this the best image of the society we live in, where everyone is called to do his/her best for a common benefit, whereas any slight fault can cause irreparable consequences to the whole community?
Then why don’t we give choral music its well deserved place in the hierarchy of educational means, hobbies or group activities?
A German proverb reads: Where you hear people singing, stop by: wicked men have no songs.
For sure, it tells an undeniable truth: singing in choir educates to respect, humbleness, perseverance and love for the community we live in. [...] If we find a way to disseminate such belief, in the next thirty years the reins of the world could be passed on to people who experienced singing in choir and reaped its full potential and benefit!" (from Validita' del Canto corale by Roberto Goitre)
When he settled in Piacenza in 1962 as teacher of Choral Music at Nicolini Conservatoire, in 1972 he published his masterpiece: the Cantar Leggendo, which didactical validity for teaching music mainly to children is still recognised today. Goitre’s dream was to include music in school curricula at all grades, as he saw it happen in Hungary thanks to Zoltan Kodàly’s work.
The root of Goitre’s dream is to be found here, and he discovered that the idea of the "movable DO" used by Kodàly was actually initiated by Guido d’Arezzo. From practice comes theory: Goitre improved his knowledge of the method with the "Piccoli cantori" choir in Turin. In 1976 he founded the Children’s Choir in Piacenza and further on the Mixed Choir, composed by students from the evening courses on the "Cantar Leggendo". Anyone who had the chance to meet Goitre still remembers his innate charisma and ability to make anyone sing.
In Piacenza the enthusiasm of people and local administrations convinced Goitre to commit to the diffusion of this new method as well as of the "sacred choral flame" as he used to call it. He was deeply convinced that the choir played a fundamental role in the growth and education of children, as though it was the ideal means for all people to blossom as human beings.