Friday, August 8, 2014


By the time most people have had two years of music lessons they are lucky if they have any spontaneous reactions to sound that they can call their own.

I watched the instruction for little kids at the Preparatory Division where I taught for many years turn into a kind of mill based on the assumption that children do not hear and that their brains need to be force-fed on pre-digested music.

This is completely off target in relation to just about any kind of music you can imagine.

The greatest authority comes from one's own feeling: "I like it!"   or --even more authoritative--   "I don't like it!"

Anyone is capable of expressing such response provided it won't get them into a heap of trouble or embarrass the teacher or the parents.

Children have just as infallibly reliable taste when it comes to sounds as when it comes to vegetables.