I agree. I have worked on developing curriculum and assessments with large
groups of music
and visual arts teachers. As a result, I find that there are great
between learning music and learning mathematical concepts (is it no
music teachers on the whole 'get' the statistical analysis of data from
a lot faster than visual artists on the whole - please don't bury me with
I am talking about percentages here).
I have noticed that music - at the elementary level as it is taught by most
- stresses fundamentals with little variations allowed. I don't see this
as bad but it is not what we
teach in the visual artists. We feel dismayed if we see 26 turkeys lined
up on the walls
of a room - all identical except for variation in color - but we like to
hear music sung by
children which is unified, children singing all together accurately.
Creativity is not
encouraged as a rule in music. Why is this? I remember that one teacher,
in an elementary
school in which I taught, taught the children to write their own songs, to
create music using
the fundamentals taught. I have never seen this since - and the elementary
horrified that the children 'were never singing.'
I guess I have rambled a bit but I wanted to share this observation.