The music teacher at my school is one of the most creative teachers I have
worked with in all my years teaching. Another music teacher, who sadly left
us years ago, was of the same caliber.
These teachers covered music theory and in doing so have the children create
their own music. The music and the classes also were integrated with the
general curriculum a long time before it became fashionable. I have seen
original operas, individual compositions, and higher order thinking skills
in these classes. I am lucky to be the art teacher in this school and have
worked closely with these two gifted teachers. But, sadly, in my school
system there are also music educators who prefer to spend their small budget
on books for singing instead of instruments and recording tapes for
composition and creativity.
Just my opinion, but spend a day with my music teacher and you will think
of education in a new way.
Potter Road Elementary School
At 03:26 PM 9/21/96 -0500, Marge Dickinson wrote:
>>Mark Joyce's statements about "practice" within the visual arts as compared
>>to "practice" within music are quite interesting. However, I can also think
>>of many students who drop out of music because they cannot take the
>>continuous rudimentary practice that goes on. If the visual arts stressed
>>such practice would we not also drive students away? I'm not saying that
>>practice is not worthwhile, but just that making it a regular chore would
>>perhaps weed out too many students. That brings me back to the art as play
>>discussion too. Could it be that the visual arts, because unique,
>>personally created products are the primary goal, cannot really be compared
>>with music, in which skills at performing someone elses unique, personally
>>created products is the primary goal? (No offense intended towards
>>Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
>>Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
>>Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617
>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.
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