I spent the week week reading some of the work of Linda Darling-Hammond, an education scholar, and Elliot Eisner, an arts education scholar, both with connections to Stanford. On some levels it is validating to read what these scholars published a while back as aligned with my own thoughts and musings of our education systems, how my current music department fits within out version of the system, and how we created this murk.
I’ll be using this week of Easter – new beginnings – to revise the literature review segment of my comps. I would still like to get my hands onto some of the work of Gaylene Carpenter – some of her more meaty explorations. I do have access to journal articles. But, what can we learn and what can we create with our community agencies to offer and provide our citizens a music performance and training perspective? And, one that will also prepare them for an academic major or emphasis in music, should they decide to take that route?