An Unsolicited Address to the Music Educators of America

Nick Jaworski

Nick is a music education blogger, editor, and podcaster. Experienced in a wide variety of settings, Nick received his Bachelor's and Master's in music education from the University of Illinois. He's currently working on a music education podcast, The Sound of Music Education.

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  1. Barbara Jaworski says:

    I spent thirty five years as an elementary school teacher, the last five years as a counselor. Even though I never taught music, I think what Nick says about music education can be applied to the state of education as a whole. The agricultural basis of our schedules and the sputnik mentality of the 50’s and 60’s (which fueled most of my early education), are still a major driving force in educational systems. Change is inevitable, but we resist with all our mights in order to maintain the status quo, despite a lack of interest and poor test scores. I think it is because we do not know history and do not understand the imperative to learn from it in order to progress. Teaching is the most wonderful field in the world. It is also the most difficult if done well. We must build on the past, not sit on it. Educators must constantly question why this curriculum and not that. They must look for ways to make their subjects relevant. They must allow their students to teach them, by getting out of their comfort zones. It is easy to hide behind some 18th composer whose face is engraved on all the covers of music books. It is harder to bring the music of your heart and share it with your students, which would in turn open up the possibility for them to do the same. I believe that the goal of education is to expand students’ worlds and to help them see who they are so that they can go forward in pursuing their dreams. When we deliberately keep certain music styles out of the curriculum we judge them as “not good music.” Consequently, that is translated into a judgment on who the students are, while later that evening we settle down with a glass of wine and some vintage James Taylor.

    Congratulations, Nicholas on Leading Notes. I look forward to many more interesting articles and the subsequent feedback.

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