CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THIS WAS FORCED UPON US
Sure, let’s go.
I’m your music teacher. I see what’s going on in the public schools — I see that your other teachers really only want you to learn math and reading, because that’s what’s tested under NCLB, and really even then if they could cut it to one of those subjects, they would.
But I’m different. I see that you’re an individual. I want you to understand the world, because you’ll be out in it some day, and I want you to understand the parts of it that aren’t explained by numbers or words. You need to understand how the world feels, how people feel, what they mean when they express themselves, or even what the greater universe at large means when it expresses itself through nature, or sounds, or any number of things too big to list in a Tumblr post.
That is the end goal of arts education.
To get there, from a musical perspective, you need to understand the basics first. You couldn’t read this if you didn’t understand letters, how would you understand that Brahms wrote four symphonies about the pain of not being with the woman he loved if you don’t know what a pitch is? Your music teacher understands better than anyone that learning happens through creation and imitation. The recorders are cheap (so your parents didn’t have to put down a couple thousand on a violin — do your parent’s have that? Mine didn’t) and easy (so that literally everyone in the classroom can master it, even the kids that might have problems in the regular classroom suddenly have a very easy tool that they can be successful with). Also, they sound quite beautiful if you’d quit blowing so hard.
But no, by reblogging this, apparently you’d rather lose the ability to understand art and the world around you. Fine, more for me.
Why I love Bean, in six paragraphs.
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Mumford & Sons perform “I Gave You All” live at Eden Sessions in Cornwall, UK on 2nd July 2010.
Watch Mumford & Sons’ entire Eden Session here.
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SO GLAD I WASN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO REALIZED THIS
*weeps for the perfection of Better Off Ted*
I realized the other day that this was the last television show I truly loved.
I mean, I like Community and at points have loved it, but the thought of, “Oh Community is on!” never quite reached the consistent excitement that other shows have.
Contractions! Let’s make sentences shorter, flow better and and easier to understand, except you can’t use them in academic assignments and professional writing because for some reason, those are considered bad things.