It has been a while since I’ve posted on CV, but you knew that right? Guess what? I’m not apologizing. No longer will I beat myself up for not being on the absolute cutting edge of contemporary music and education. Know why? Because here at Interlochen, I am LIVING IT! I have been meaning to post at several times over the summer, but it has become pretty busy!
For those who don’t know, I am employed here as a dance accompanist playing hand drums (although in many different configurations) for the modern dance classes. Since I’ve been here, I’ve done everything from play hand drums of all kinds, play for 9 yr. olds, written a cello prelude, working on a 9 minute piece for ballet, danced to a new piece for electric cello and electronic soundscape played live by a founding member of the Lilly Quartet, played with sticks on trees and other nature objects, and played recordings of incredibly contemporary music for an improvisation class (whew!). Again, this is just me and dance in the first three weeks. I’ve seen and heard other astounding art since I’ve been here, and the volume of artists young and old here is incredible.
So how does this affect how I think about CV? Well, to be honest, not as much as you may think. What I do see however, is that although this is a summer camp (they have an academy year-round that is smaller), and it is super focused, I see absolutely no reason why public school are so incomparable. There’s the matter of money of course, and kids, and families, and parents, and meals, government funds, after school programs, and on and on, but remember thinking outside of the box is for those who wish to change the world.
I have my ideas, but what would you think about public school being centered around the arts as opposed to other activities?
What would you think about having a school where the academics and the arts are considered absolutely equal by the school system?
What would you think about a school whose arts were so beautiful and plentiful that donors were not guilt-tripped into supporting, but actually paid because they wanted the art services offered by driven young people?
Last question. Do you think for one minute that if this were a mentality used by the political powers-that-be, that the world would be any worse off?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.