Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We must all be sure to keep live sound actively present in the lives of children and of each other: sing, tell stories, give little brass bells or Tibetan finger cymbals as Christmas presents, take children to student concerts and sit in the front row.

As the culture gets further and further removed from real sound in all its lively complexity the pedagogical establishment has less and less reason to notice how inadequate music notation is to evoke much less transcribe actual reverberating tone.

We are all paying a high price for today's accommodation to new technologies.