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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000791.txt from 2001/05

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Requirements for a grade - more
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 19:31:42 -0400

At 05:28 PM 5/28/2001 -0400, you Dee Hays wrote:
>(I wrote)
> > To say that a band student does not have
> > to march or play to get a grade is like telling a painting student that
> > they do not actually have to produce a work to get a grade, as long as
> > have learned the techniques.
>The painting student analogy is flawed. Yes they paint but are not
>necessarily required to put the paintings on public display. They get the
>grade for painting it not displaying the painting. They are not required to
>put on weekly exhibitions of their products with new paintings each week.

I cannot imagine a school art program that would NOT put on displays of the
students' works. Teachers, administrators, parents, and school boards
would absolutely DEMAND it! Not weekly, necessarily, but as frequently as

>There are many types of performing. I am simply pointing out the excessive
>amount expected of band students in comparison to any other credit classes
>that they are in. Such an amount could very well diminish their development
>as a musician and actually reduce their performance capabities.

The band director must justify his position, and performances are a major
part of that.

>Also keep in mind that these days, there is no music class available in many
>schools other than enrolling in a performing group (band/chorus). General
>music has gone the way of the dodo bird. Where are we going to get our
>future composers and appreciative audiences?...

I agree that we need such classes.

> Also much as I enjoyed marching, it really has little to do with music
>education even though you do play while you march.

It is less about MUSIC than about PERFORMING. Every popular music group,
from the Beastie Boys to Brittney Spears knows that performing is a
different thing from making music. There is room for BOTH in the world,
and both are important in their own way. That they can be done
simultaneously detracts from neither and often adds to both.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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