Without a doubt the most passion I’ve put into a CV episode.
And yes, I know the Super Bowl halftime show is a “free” gig. I misspoke.
And again yes, I did leave the music out on purpose.
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You’re right David, but music has always needed its patrons. The music written by the greatest classical composers was sponsored by some rich family, kingdom, or institution. The average person did not even hear the greatest music of their age. Most people only experienced music in either Church or with small bands of troubadors. In that regard Public schools have done much to promote music, but in the end – it is up to the private sector to ensure its survival. Great encouragement and passion; a few people with that determination will make a huge difference!
True about patrons, but the list of an orchestra’s or composer’s patron was one name long. As it moved to a more public artform, growing out of the tradition of opera (a note here that opera was typically not performed during Lent because of its emotional and dramatic nature and thus more symphonic performances were demanded) and became an art more important to the masses than the bourgeois elite.
You are right that public schools have definitely promoted music, but to what end? We train students to go right back into the institutions they came from. We don’t really train them to make a living in performance. I’d like to see that changed.
Thank you as always for your support!
These are difficult times and it is necessary that we as musicians, especially those who will educate young musicians, take action. I think the reason the government isn’t caring about music programs is because they do not know what it’s all about. They are only thinking about the money and not about the education/experience behind it. One thing directors and music educators as a whole can do is SHOW them what kids experience in music. There are countless scientific studies that have already been done that show the effects of music on a person (even a book called Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, a neurologist, which is quite interesting). Aside from that, what if different directors and programs came together to show the public what music is about? Then, we can show how much it means to our culture. If a lot of people support this, then the government will see that this is a serious issue because of the amount of people involved with it. I mean think of everyone involved in something such as DCI: 150 members per drum corps, 30 staff, volunteers, travel crew, bus drivers, etc….total that with 30 plus corps and then all those fans. That is quite a big number! You can talk about marching bands all over the country and the various orchestras and wind ensembles that exist and realize that without them, what would music be?
Thanks again for commenting Mike!
I completely agree with you. Somehow educators like you and me have to find a better way to bring the music to the bureaucracy. It’s that bureaucracy that has created a gap for the oppressive penny-penching powers that be since they have no real way to quantify since we know as Victor Hugo put it “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.” This lack of sheer factual-based reasoning to our art is what has always been seen as an advantage, yet now in the age of academic inflation and NCLB, this difficulty in expressing why music is powerful has become a disadvantage. Anyways, I digress.
So how do we get more music to more people?
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