Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Letter to the Editor

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor,

I have been meaning to contact you for some time. You probably guessed that Richard Marsella's article, 'The Canadian Food Guide' - in the summer 2008 journal - caused some consternation in the Orff world. The comments about Orff showed such a lack of understanding that we were totally stunned - especially when the R. Murray Schafer approach was positioned as an opposite pedagogical direction. We, in the Orff world, of course regard R. Murray Schafer as one of our own: 'ear-cleaning' and creating music in all sorts of non-traditional ways is essential to any Orff program. Rather than responding directly to the misunderstandings in Richard Marsella's article, which stem, I believe, from not seeing how the exploration of the pentatonic (which is one building block of musical understanding in an Orff program - but only one - from which we move on! …

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