Just a pointer today while I take the day off for some woodworking. I have an article posted at a column I write for Partial Observer that asks the question; Does America’s diversity prevent a relevant public music education experience? In particular it deals with two articles featured here at Arts Journal; Across a Great Divide by Peter Schneider and Marketplace of Ideas: But First, The Bill by William Osborne. Both article are tightly related to what I have always felt is an ongoing problem with the arts industry; the seemingly unchallenged notion that the European model of cultural education is superior to the American model.
Granted, there are a number of useful features that we could (and sometimes do) adapt to our American system, but there’s quite a bit more that doesn’t really translate between the two cultures. So go read William and Peter’s articles and then go give mine a view, all in all it’s thought provoking stuff – at least it had me thinking all weekend.
Now I’m off to the shop to deal with some quilted big leaf maple