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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000479.txt from 2001/07

From: Ellen Davison <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Another musician honoured!
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 13:19:49 -0400

People promoting censorship should not be allowed to...

no, no, no...

Edwin Gordon claims that the popularity of simplistic pop music is due
to the fact that people have underdeveloped audiation skills.

Similarly the ability to recognize musical events is closely linked to
our "threshold of expectation"(Vaughan Williams, I think?) if we can
completely predict the tune then we are bored if we are musically lost
we loose interest too.

For most people pop music is about all they can take. I think this is
due to the lack of support for music educators and talented musicians in
our culture.

This is one reason I have returned to school to become a music teacher.
And one reason too that I love relatively simple folk music. I think it
can be a great teaching tool. It was to me ..without the beatles I would
never have been able to follow charlie parker...we have to crawl before
we can walk.

Unfortunately our music culture has separated us into musician and non
musician. I would rather see people in different levels of musical
development. A clarinet teacher once told me that a beggining student is
not bad just as a rose bud is not worse than the rose in full bloom.

I hope one day we will be a culture where a person reaches full self
actualization through musical expression

Until that day we have much work to do right?

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