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Lesson Plans

Re: Practice (Music & Art)

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Sat, 21 Sep 1996 18:43:29 -0400

I don't agree that music in the elementary schools represents some kind of
rigid, uncreative, repetitious activity as compared to the open-ended, free,
creative activity in the art room.
I am an elementary art teacher. In my view there are counter-currents in both
disciplines. It is an attempt to reconcile two contending demands: A view
which empasizes "excellence" on the one hand and one which calls
for"self-expression" on the other. Both of these views exist in every art
room to one degree or the other. The degree to which one dominates depends on
the outlook of the teacher.
In addition, we have all seen art rooms with the equivelent of 26 turkeys,
and I have certainly seen K-6 music rooms with children creatively exploring
sound, rhythm, and so on.