Music Advocacy; Is It Just A Waste Of Our Time?

Our we wasting a time with music advocacy and the current state of music education?  I posted a comment on Travis Weller’s site:  Composing Like Mad on his article entitled “At 3:15 p.m., class is just beginning…” .  Jim Plamondon makes the argument and comments that “people increasingly see music education as a bad investment, relatively speaking… and they might be right”.   He further states (within the context of his comment) that “the effort currently being expended on music education advocacy is wasted…”

In fairness to Jim, he has been working on a new type of keyboard that allows you to enter music notes in pattern based way that allows for an easier transfer of
“finger memory” to different keys when running scales and playing chords (not unlike guitarists and the patterns on strings) and offers his own solutions as to how to get a better “return on our investment” as educators.   I have to read more about what he is trying to accomplish before I can comment on his device and solution with any type of well-thought meaning.

I invite you all to jump over to Composing Like Mad and join the conversation about this important topic by leaving a comment and being a part of the discussion.

[tags] music advocacy, travis weller, music education [/tags]

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website