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posted: 11/14/2005 at 9:22:17 PM ET
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Why should music education be kept in schools?

Pete
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posted: 11/15/2005 at 5:12:03 AM ET
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Exposing children to music from other cultures and lifestyles is a way of breaking sterotypical negative patterns of substance abuse and welfare dependency..in other words, expanding the mind and thus the options.

Baruch 3:14

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posted: 11/15/2005 at 12:19:37 PM ET
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Exposure to music will, one hopes, be the start of a lifetime enjoyment.

Also, my father always said that the study of music or any of the arts, is a discipline which carries over to all endeavors.

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I hate our music class at our school. We were suppose to learn about some operah but we never did. We had to stop because we're going to sing and record a CD. I know its good to learn music from another culture and all, but it seems that we aren't. My 8th grade class hates music class. Before we go to music we are in history. One day my friend kevin asked our history "Why do we have to learn about people that died 80 years ago." My history teacher replied saying" Well you learn about them in history class." Kevin in reply says" Well I'd rather learn about them than listening to their music." We laughed so hard at this because we hate music class. I would rather learn about music theory and musical instruments.

> Trumpets rule <
Bandito for life

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posted: 11/16/2005 at 4:18:29 PM ET
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It's sad to read that you hate your music class, and absorbibg music that you have never heard played at home (but is in fact played in some students homes) by people long dead is a tough ask.
I don't start at the earliest music levels, like Baroque, I start at Hip-Hop, Rap, then R and B, then Blues, then Jazz, then Gershwin, Debussy, and keep going back down the music tree to the roots, so that by the time we hit Handel and Bach, where the whole thing came from makes sense. Then Middle Ages, than Ancient Greek and Roman, and it works.

Baruch 3:14

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Way to go Pete!!!

Wish you were teaching our "8th grade music hater's class".

Your students must really enjoy your class and learn a great deal. Repition can't hurt, sometimes you miss things the first time around.



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Well pete I like the way you teach. My 8th grade class might want to go to music class if we learned about hip hop and stuff. But sadly I go to a catholic school and we can't listen to music with swear words unless it is "clean".

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posted: 11/17/2005 at 2:58:25 AM ET
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Thanks, trumpetgeek, I appreciate that comment. Only a mild-censoring Catholic school?
I teach at a Seventh Day Adventist boarding school, where the kids have a half-hour Bible Study class every morning, church services three times a week and four times on Saturday, and are taught in Science that the world is 6,000 years oldI tell them their Rap can not contain any four letter words and has to be on an anti-drug, or anti-violence or anti-excess boozeing theme, and away they go, turning out great stuff that sounds fine and produces a sense of purpose.
These kids start the year with a knowledge of only Rap, with a background of stealing cars, drinking, smoking dope, sniffing petrol (these are 12-16 year old black kids, Aboriginal and Pacific Islanders)and being kicked out of school after school. Today, a kid who called me a f---ing white c--- (sorry, ladies..)at the start of the year handed in a top essay on Chopin, and wished me a nice weekend. Thats real progress.

Baruch 3:14

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