AJJ Posted April 26, 2007 Share Posted April 26, 2007 RANT WARNING!!! Back in the land of the living having marked all my GCSE coursework and been rather inpressed by what an average 16 year old music student can actually produce in the way of compostion and performance I came across the following recently via my local Organists Association news sheet. The DOM at an important church establisment was bemoaning the falling standards of school music, lamenting the fact that his choristers no longer join his choir knowing all the well known hymns and seemingly blaming the erosion of musical culture in the UK on teachers and schools. I am used to things like this but having seen how very hard my lot have worked I feel that the above DOM and others who take a similar line (ie those who are not directly linked with the state school system at least) are doing, in the first instance some hard working and musical students an injustice. Likewise those of us who teach them. There will always be places where things are not good but those in charge of music in churches etc. could perhaps look to the fact that church music is but a small (but important) part of the whole gamut of music in general and that they also have a 'tutorial' responisibility for whatever they are wishing to achieve (which, admittedly many carry out superbly). We can support this but in my experience there is a huge range of high level musiciansip that I see in schools that I do not necessarily see in the church system. It is neither fair nor correct to blame as much as is sometimes blamed on school music or the apparent (!) lack of it. To put all the above in perspective - I am writing as a church musician myself who learned most of what I know from that 'base' but who now works in a much wider musical perspective. AJJ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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