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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000729.txt from 2001/05

From: "Lacy, Edwin" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] School Board
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 10:35:22 -0400

From: Dee D. Hays

<<<Repeat: Extracurricular does not mean eliminate.>>>

Music educators have been fighting a battle for most of the past century to
have music made an integral part of the curriculum. Now, as far as I can
tell from this convoluted exchange, you want to make it extra-curricular
again. As a music educator for the past 42 years, including 6 years of
teaching in the public schools, this suggestion makes my blood run cold.

As to the contention that music should be made mandatory at all grades, I
for one wouldn't want to teach a class of high school students who were
taking a required class in music, in which most of the students would have
no interest whatsoever in the subject. I have taught such a class at the
junior high school level, and I can tell you from experience that the
obstacles to teaching and learning in such a situation are almost
insurmountable. I know many music educators, but none who would relish the
thought of teaching in such a circumstance.

As far as I can tell, the suggestion to change music to extra-curricular and
then make it mandatory are diametrically opposing viewpoints.

Ed Lacy
University of Evansville

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