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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000737.txt from 2001/05

Subj: Re: [kl] School Board
Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 11:59:05 -0400

At 11:25 AM 05/27/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>I have tried very hard to make a clear distinction between MUSIC and
>band/chorus. The latter is but a very small element of the former.

In my opinion, you haven't made much of a distinction beyond saying all
band directors and choir directors teach music performance and it should be
extracurricular (except for "small pockets"). That is what started the
entire thing. In my opinion, your statement demonstrates a very narrow

>You can't protect a curricula item unless it's incorporated in the
>required classes. Elective and/or extracurricular activites can bet the
>ax at any time no matter how desireable it is deemed to be.

Yes they can. But that doesn't negate the importance of the elective class.

I'll let Ed deal with all the other silly statements made - but I don't
want to post any more regarding this issue. It has not changed my
viewpoints at all - in fact, it has strengthened them with regard to what
we are actually up against - even with "educated" people.

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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