On 08/06/2012 03:44 AM, Charles Henry wrote:
If you've seen a classroom full of elementary school kids doing music,
they're having a blast and really enjoy it. The basic neural processing
that underlies music (pitch recognition and rhythm) is the same
processing that underlies the ability to learn languages.
Their enjoyment of it is what leads education systems to squash it. They
enjoy it too much, they won't move on to other things the system wants
to teach them ... they also become loud and excited, which the system
sees as unruly and disobedient ...
No, young children love music until they're taught NOT to love it. Until
they're taught that they can't really make music unless they have "the
gift" (that destructive myth of the Romantic movement that only those
"touched by the gods" can do art). Making music is a skill, not some
mysterious "gift" that only a few have.
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