Is Music Performance Worth Saving?

Ed Lisk

Edward S. Lisk is an internationally recognized clinician, conductor, and author who has traveled extensively and presented sessions throughout 46 states, Canada, and Australia. He is an elected member (48th) member of the National Band Association Hall of Fame for Distinguished Band Conductors. In December 2009, he received the distinguished Midwest Medal of Honor. Mr. Lisk is an inducted member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in the year 2000, served as the 63rd President of this distinguished organization founded by Edwin Franko Goldman.

Mr. Lisk is an appointed member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and serves the John Philip Sousa Foundation as Vice-president for Administration. He is a past-president of the National Band Association (’90-’92) and served NBA as Executive Secretary Treasurer (‘97-‘02). He is the recipient of many distinguished awards, titles, and citations.

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  1. The title of your article pays homage to an article of the same name written by that great US music educator: Bennett Reimer. I used Reimer’s article to explore this issue within the context of music education in the UK. I’ve posted a link to my thoughts on this here:

    I hope you think it useful.

  2. One of the highest honors I have ever had in my life came when you introduced me and spoke of me at the 2010 MidWest Band Clinic for a clinic I was presenting there. This article is just one great example of why it was such an honor for me.

    As we move forward into the 21st Century, we must not simply abandon what we do in our ensembles or even the ensembles themselves as some might actually be thinking, but rather we must seek to bolster them and forge them by the very ways you present through your “Leading The Way Program” to make them true and consistent vehicles of learning. There is much ado and buzz in the music profession about a number of new and so-called “alternate” forms of music education. While these “new” forms present an excellent model for a number of schools and varying circumstances, we must not simply abandon our quest for the re-invention, re-invigoration, re-commitment, or even the re-birth of a useful and meaningful music education through the implementation of programs such as the program so well outlined in this article.

    Just as we seek to educate every child as “whole” individuals though developing ALL aspects of their minds, we must seek to utilize every means at our disposal for educating them in music so they can truly be well-developed and prepared for their coming roles in this new century.

    Thank you for this great read and resource!

  1. July 25, 2013

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