Music for everyone!

Music must have a place in everyone’s life; it is an ordinary experience for all. Historically significant musicians, including composers Carl Orff, Paul Hindemith, Zoltan Kodaly, and Percy Grainger agreed that music had to have a place in everyone’s life (Boonshaft 2002; Morita 2011). From the recreation perspective, as indicated from Lackey (1997), friction exists as teachers attempt to protect their professional status and training. She discovered that there is a common thought among artists that schools cannot do all critical work that is needed, and that others involved in the artistic process contribute to the learning. Lackey’s research demonstrates perspectives of separate endeavors through non-school agencies, as well as the collaborative effort of schools and community agencies toward improved teaching and learning.


Boonshaft, P. (2002), Teaching Music With Passion. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publications.

Lackey, L. (1997), ‘Pedagogies of leisure: considering community recreation centres as contexts for art education and art experience’, Ph.D. dissertation, Canada: The University of British Columbia.

Morita, Patsy. (nd), Pandora Internet radio. Accessed 21 April 2011.


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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