American Music Education

The benefits for the child of real music education has enjoyed the testimony of 3,000 years of educators and philosophers. This book argues for the restoration of this ancient experience and points to the benefits for the child in making music, as opposed to just learning about music.

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Begin­ning in the mid-twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry Amer­i­can music edu­ca­tors began a shift toward teach­ing “Con­cep­tu­al” aspects of music for the pur­pose of account­abil­i­ty in the new sci­ence led world. But “Con­cep­tu­al Music Edu­ca­tion” is not music at all and the stu­dents know it. The stu­dents already love music when they arrive at the school door and they want to make music. Because Amer­i­can Music Edu­ca­tion is no longer cen­tered on per­for­mance, vast num­bers of stu­dents go home and teach them­selves to sing, com­pose and play key­board instruments—all with­out the super­vi­sion of pro­fes­sion­al musician/educators.

Amer­i­can Music Edu­ca­tion has become large­ly a provider of activ­i­ties to enter­tain the pub­lic and to serve as a means of beg­ging for finan­cial sup­port. But all Amer­i­can adults have suf­fi­cient genet­ic under­stand­ing of music to rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ence between teach­ing music and teach­ing activities. 

The ben­e­fits for the child of real music edu­ca­tion has enjoyed the tes­ti­mo­ny of 3,000 years of edu­ca­tors and philoso­phers. This book argues for the restora­tion of this ancient expe­ri­ence and points to the ben­e­fits for the child in mak­ing music, as opposed to just learn­ing about music. In our con­tem­po­rary lan­guage these spe­cial ben­e­fits are found only in the right-hemi­sphere of the child’s brain, which is also where the child him­self is found. All talk­ing and writ­ing about music is exclu­sive to the left-hemi­sphere of the brain, is sec­ondary obser­va­tions of oth­er per­sons and is, most sig­nif­i­cant­ly, all entire­ly past tense, where­as the child before us is in the present tense.

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