Music Education in America: What Is Wrong with It? What Shall We Do about It?

Music Education in America: What Is Wrong with It? What Shall We Do about It?

Music Education in America: What Is Wrong with It? What Shall We Do about It?

Music Education in America: What Is Wrong with It? What Shall We Do about It?

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Like many other college teachers of music, the author of this book has become increasingly aware of the fact that music education as administered in this country is far from accomplishing what we have a right to expect of it. Thousands of persons are engaged in the profession of music-teaching, immense sums are annually expended for the maintenance of music in schools and colleges, large and powerful organizations of music supervisors meet from time to time to discuss better methods of instruction; and yet the American "people" grow in musicalness much more slowly than is warranted by the outlay of energy, time, and money.

The fundamental cause of this lack of advancement toward an appreciation of music by the great body of our people is to be found in the absence of a logical and continuous plan of music education based on the highest standards. Everyone who teaches music, and particularly those who have to do with the training of adults, must be impressed by the fact that the continuity which exists in other branches of education and which insures normal progress from elementary . . .

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