Curent Music Education, is it fitting the real world?

How has music education changed in the past 10 years? How about the past 20 years? Let’s go back even further – to when my Dad was in school! Has music education really changed that much?

How about music in our student’s lives? How about the way they are creating, consuming and listening to music? That has changed in so many ways!

Watch this video. It is a video of Jason Derulo – It Girl (iPad remix feat. Freddie Cosmo). I had no idea who the guys are in the video – who is singing or what the song is until I saw the video.  Tell me there isn’t a spot in music education for this type of music creativity class!

I guarantee you there are a bunch of students in your school who are creating music on a daily basis who are never going to set foot in your band or choir room! I had a discussion with another musician the other day in a music store about this. His comment was that the best drummers he has ever played with were the ones that had received some form of music training under a competent music director/teacher. Why can’t we have non-traditional music classes in our schools? Is it because we can not afford them? Schools are cutting back, I understand that. If we are supposed to be doing what is best for all the students though, can we afford NOT to offer these types of classes?

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One thought on “Curent Music Education, is it fitting the real world?

  1. Great stuff – you are addressing the ‘other 80%’ of students making music OUTSIDE of the band, orchestra and choir rooms in our schools. That number fails to account for the large group of young adults, professionals, and seniors who are casual music makers. The music education profession has discounted these groups for far too long and instead has decided to ‘save the music’ by focusing efforts and fundraising toward traditional school music programs. Reasons? Most likely it’s pressure from teachers unions, publishers, music retailers, and instrument manufacturers who have a vested interest in making certain those programs continue.

    The ‘other 80%’ is precisely the group we are reaching online at http://www.discoverlearnandplay.com and in person at The Dallas School of Music – our brick and mortar facility for musicians of all ages and levels of ability. We see the potential for the profession to ‘save itself’ by taking the golf approach to music making. Make it cool and enjoyable, easily accessible, and affordable at all levels by using technology. And most of all…put the emphasis and value on the JOURNEY – not the destination.

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