Saturday, September 15, 2012

When future lies in education, does classical music need to fight this battle?

When future is lying in education, do classical music need to fight this battle?

2 Years ago, I was being trained as a Suzuki strings teacher,this is a program which inspiring teachers and dedicated parents nurture their children by starting the most famous song in the world-Twinkle . Not every family is lucky enough to enable every child who would like to study instrumental music. But the communities work hard enough with teachers to create music education among local instittution and music curriculum is one of the subject which tie to the school.

According to the hard work of "El Sistema" which successfully rose in a garage in the 1970s .It changes the social today by giving kids free instruments and free instruction starting at age 2 - according to journalist Boorstin notes, "It keeps them off the streets," and through political regimes.

Since the role of a 21st century musician lives in a multiple styles And most the great musicians we admire are doing this now to crossover in between classical music and jazz, bluegrass, swing, funk and etc.
Question are how creativity it has to be and should we(classical musician)use the traditional way and mix with other genres of music in order to reach the high level of engagement to the youngster in classical music?  Should a ballet dancer teaches thier students some hip-hop step at the same time in this multiple century? 

Few days ago while I was reading a forum from Seattle times "Education is the future of classical music."
Composer Greg Sandow played a simple, four-chord and called it an example of "a real feat of composition." He suggested classical music should "blend with pop culture and rejoin the world," and urged presenters to make performances more informal and more amenable to the audience chatting, interrupting, applauding; more, in short, like pop music.”
I could not help but wonder, aren't most of us were use to train in a field classical music first? what is the best way to build a good foundation?
According to "New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini took a different view when he wrote: "to claim a listener's attention, a substantial classical piece must entice the dimension of human perception that responds to large structures and long metaphorical narratives. This, more than anything lofty about the music, accounts for the greater complexity, typically, of classical works in comparison with more popular styles of music."
"Gerard Schwarz, who recently judged a KZOK Radio including a band from tiny Decatur Island — says, "We [classical musicians] don't have to answer the question 'are we relevant' anymore. We are everywhere."
"Education director Perry Lorenzo says, classical music "has never been for everybody." It isn't pop music, no matter how hard people may try to bridge that gap or to dumb it down."

To teach in a multiple style and creativity or not, I think it is a bias which some people are creative and some are not. Everybody has unlimited potential and each of us has unique life experiences when we involves our instrument and feel the music. While listening those great performance and to be able to have a different aesthetic and high level of playing skill, it is good enough to explain why we were trained in classical music first.

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