Thursday, June 2, 2011

The importance of music education in schools

Always good to hear pop musicians speak well towards general music education. Since no one wants to listen to a band director, maybe someone with a little more name recognition can help out.

Editor's note: Vince DiFiore plays trumpet in the band CAKE, which is currently touring the U.S. and Europe. The band has teamed up with the US Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) for "The Federal Funding March," a nationwide contest for high school and college marching bands. 
(CNN) -- During high school, I was a consistent member of the symphonic band. The band director regularly called on me to sight-read daily rhythm exercises for the rest of the class and, more significantly, gave me the honor of conducting one of our compositions for the annual fall concert.
That leadership experience was a milestone and will stay with me for a lifetime.

Source article.

My favorite quote?

 "It may hurt to be told your paradiddles suck, but it builds character."

I'm not too sure I'm big on the federal funding slant of the article, but the point holds true: Music truly should be a co curricular, not extra curricular, activity. Many of the lessons taught in music aren't present in any other subject in comparable form. It's too bad that we, as educators, have failed to sell our own product. Never a better time like the present.

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