As you watch that holiday parade…

Purposes of school music include promoting individual musical independence and enabling students to enjoy music, alone and with others, throughout life. Whether the reference is a general music class (music appreciation, etc.) or a performance-based class (band, choir, etc.), these are generally agreed upon purposes in the current education climate (Kindall-Smith, 2010; CDE, 2001; CNAEA, 1994). This distinguishes music activities from musical experiences. Activities may provide motivation or contribute toward positive habits, and they are the recognized outcomes of the time spent in the music class – singing a Japanese folk song that correlates to a social studies unit; band students marching in a hometown parade; orchestra playing at high school graduation. The music experiences, however, are strictly based on the actions of performing, creating, moving to, or listening to music with objectives, strategies, and evaluations (Kindall-Smith, 2010).

California Department of Education. Content Standards: Visual and performing arts, music.  Retrieved from April 11, 2011.

Consortium of National Arts Education Associations [CNAEA]. (1994). What every young American should know and be able to do in the arts. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference.

Kindall-Smith, M. (2010). Is there musical meaning in the musical? Music Educators Journal, 96 (3), pp. 35-38.


About mundyviar

Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a newly relocated music teacher in the Palm Springs Unified School District of California, USA. For the past 18 years, he served the students and families within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. In this role, he discovered the need for a reevaluation of the roles, purposes, and directions of scholastic music in a changing community and in a changing economy. The direction of his doctoral work was largely influenced by this experience. He researches the attitudes, levels of satisfaction, and lifelong learning effects of music training both inside and outside of the traditional school experience, with an eye on the roles that community based organizations may play in this. Prior to his assignment as a public school music teacher, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally revered youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, also based in Concord, California, USA. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps was reinvigorated and performed with renewed excitement, proficiency, and levels of success. Under Dr. Viar's guidance, BDB performed in the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Orlando, Florida, and the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a graduate of the Transformative Inquiry Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (PhD) in San Francisco, California, USA. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley; Single Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area College of Chapman University in Orange, California; and a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Community and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond, Virginia, USA.
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