Music Education: A Lifelong Philosophy

August 14, 2013 Mharris
By Marty Wimmer, Classical 94.5 WNED program host and public school music teacher

In recent years, Physical Education has been moving toward a philosophy of lifelong health and wellness. They're teaching more activities in which students can participate throughout adulthood, such as swimming, weight-training, aerobics, stretching, and nutrition.

Is Music Education adopting a parallel philosophy of lifelong participation in music? We often hear of high school seniors selling their musical instruments after graduation, or simply storing them in mom's basement where they never again see the light of day. After years of lessons, it seems a shame that an 18 year-old would think his or her music-making days were done.
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