The Band Industry is Killing Music Education
Date: February 4, 2010
My colleague told me this story about a recent happening in the "band" world that you may not have heard about:
Here is the outline of the story:
1. On January 30, 2005, a parent wrote an article in the Washington Post that bemoaned instrumental music education in general and substandard literature in particular. He also wrote a "follow on" article entitled "The Repertoire is the Curriculum: Getting Back to Basics in Music Education" that elaborated on the original issue.
2. All of it caused quite a furor. (He "received more than 100 messages and phone calls from band directors, students, ex-students, elementary school teachers, church musicians . . ") His mail ran about 7 to 1 in favor of what he had said.
3. The parent was asked to write an article for the Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and he did (with Col. Timothy Foley, retired director of the U.S. Marine Band).
4. He was about to publish another article, but the article was pulled at the last minute by a new president of the association.
It is a fascinating story. Click on the links and read about it. Read more here on a page he calls "The Wonderful People who Killed School Music."