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What Do YOU Think of Music Education [Activity]

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None of us could imagine a life without music. That’s why it is inconceivable to imagine a society that doesn’t embrace Music Education as being an essential part of schooling. Music teachers around the globe are suffering from tighter budgets, limited resources and some even have had their jobs eliminated. How can we, as a society, allow that to happen? Somehow, it HAS happened and here we are.


Here is a challenge I call "Music in a Day": ...


1)  Grab a piece of paper and make two columns. For one entire day, from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, please write down every action that you do in the left column. For example it may be a list that looks something like this: wake up, get ready for work, have breakfast, work until lunch, go out to lunch… drive home, play with the kids, have dinner… get ready for bed.

2)  As you go through the day, write either “Yes” or “No” in the column to the right next to each action. Writing 'yes' means “Yes, I hear music”. Writing 'no' means “No, there is no music”. Go ahead, I dare you! 

3)  Music is inescapable. And for each moment of music that you hear there is a legion of people associated with its creation from the musicians who write and perform it, to the people who manage and sell it, to the consumers, advertisers and executives that buy it. There are HUNDREDS of hands that touch each note before it became a “Yes” on your list. 

Now think about these two questions:

(1)    Can music be a part of someone’s career?

(2)    Is music a part of everyday life?


Since you answered “Yes” to both questions, what do you think of Music Education, now?


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  • John Mitrano Sunday, 10 August 2014

    This could be an awesome homework activity! Not just for students - all you teachers should try this at a campus PD! Instant defense for our profession!

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