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“Music educators cannot sit by unconcernedly, during these times of enormous and rapid change, content to know that the scale still numbers 12 half steps and concert A is 440” (Kaplan, 1966, p. v). This quote seems as timely today … Continue reading
Music teachers are in precarious situations. Over the decades, music education professional organizations have formalized and worked to establish purposes, have argued both utilitarian and aesthetic philosophies of music education, and have collaborated with other arts agencies to inform our … Continue reading
In the years following World War I, records indicate increased arts-based activities as part of the national recreation service profession. In 1929 alone, over 23,000 requests for promotional literature on drama, music, and general recreation were solicited of the Playground … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
The 1990s produced new attention on basic skills that all children should have from and within many disciplines, including the visual and performing arts. Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic – the nostalgic three r’s of schooling – what is considered … Continue reading