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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000019.txt from 2005/08

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The Future of art Music
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 09:01:11 -0400

With apologies to Meredith Wilson:

"Ya got trouble, folks, right here in River City
with a capital 'T' and that rhymes with 'P' and that stands for"... popular


Whatever the ills of "art music" ("classical music", whichever name you
wish to refer to the rose as), popular music is neither the root cause nor
the root solution. Swing music, Benny Goodman, was once considered by some
to be a dangerous influence on young people. Almost an amusing thought to
us in 2005.

Who just put on some Green Day so he could "function on a
[lower] intellectual plane".

At 07:49 AM 8/4/2005, Retired Prof 55 wrote:
>Because of outside influences, music education in our schools has been
>watered down. In an effort to be more inclusive, classroom music, music
>ensembles, and college music courses for the general student have
>indirectly equated vernacular music and art music. There is nothing wrong
>with being inclusive, but I feel it is the music teacher's responsibility
>to point out the similarities and differences between vernacular music and
>art music. Each offers its own rewards, but art music involves more
>understanding of musical elements and their relationships, and therefore
>functions on a higher intellectual plane. I feel it is the educator's
>responsibility to help the student grow in the intellectual understanding
>of music and not succumb to pressure from administration, parents and
>students by allowing vernacular music to be equated with art music.

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