Monday, July 08, 2013

Music Appreciation

A lot of us middle-aged people learned about classical music more from Bugs Bunny than we did from school.   Even without formal and systematic instruction, though, the simple exposure to music made those pieces seem comfortingly familiar when we bumped into them again.  (Of course, we may imagine Elmer Fudd or Wile E Coyote when we hear certain pieces of music, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.)

I love what the headmaster of our church's school is doing with the kids.  Simple simple simple.  But an idea I wish I'd known about earlier.   She has an assortment of great music pieces.  I forget how many -- maybe 100 to 200?  One piece per week.  Play it every day. 

That's it.  There isn't necessarily any study of the composer's life, or his other music, or anything.  There could be.  But the point is simply for the kids to HEAR these pieces over and over.  So it takes 3-5 minutes a day.  It requires little prep from the teacher.  But it does a lot to expose the kids to all sorts of important pieces of music. 

And the kids seem to enjoy it even without Bugs and the Taz.

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