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Re: Music Education (was: Presentation on Language Creation)

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 2, 2002, 9:03
 --- "Davis, Iain E." <feaelin@...> wrote: > >

> > Anyway, part of the problem lies in that music is > regarded as > "recreation" and/or "not very useful". So when > comes time for budget > appropiation, and a school (if the school's > administration is even > ...intelligent enough to ask for funding for music) > asks for music > funding, the local taxpayers freak out and gripe and > moan and complain > that "music" isn't a useful trade, that they're not > going to waste their > tax-dollars on such frivolous things, etc. (I live > in a > rather....backward state in the U.S. ;) >
same sort of forces seem to come into play over here : take an underfunded state primary school ( where music education should begin ), add a bunch of underpaid ( tho frequently dedicated ) generalist teachers. add assessments of 'core' subjects ( english, maths, science ) every couple of years ( at 'key stages' ) and a pretty prescriptivist curriculum which demands that a large proportion of the time be spent on these subjects. then insist that physical education also be taught ( i know, it's important children get exercise, but queueing up for fifteen minutes to clamber clumsily over an old gym-horse doesn't really constitute the minimum 20 mins of intense aerobic exercise ) and remember that the schools probably don't have the budget to buy plastic recorders any more ( nor the disinfectant to steep them in ), and it's hardly surprising music drops of the curriculum ( nor indeed french ) i was lucky . . . the cuts were only beginning to bite, the curriculum hadn't been rigidified, and we had a couple of talented musicians among the staff. all the same, my musical education was in the majority out of school, and only because my parents were happy to pay for it ( there was a good state-run saturday music school, but it was based in tower hamlets ( half an hour's drive ) and had to cater for the whole of london iirc. i'm not sure if it's still going ) bn ===== bnathyuw | landan | arR stamp the sunshine out | angelfish your tears came like anaesthesia | phèdre __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts