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?