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More music education in schools?

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4/6/2015 8:47:54 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Music has always been recognised as an indispensable part of society. Confucius and Mencius both expounded on its importance; the Book of Rites has an entire chapter on music; there was even a Classic of Music, but that has been lost for 2000 years.

However, it seems that schools nowadays place much less emphasis on music. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying you have to be able to write fugues to graduate. Thing is, people don't even seem to know basic music. In a video of Schubert's 'The Trout', multiple people in the YouTube comments stated that they had just discovered the tune was not composed by a washing machine manufacturer.

To test DDO members' music competence, I've made a music test in the form of a poll:

The results were quite disappointing. Only two users have answered so far, and one of them seemed to be just trying to vote on all the polls. Both users picked an incorrect answer, 'Schubert wrote nine complete symphonies'. That is incorrect as the 7th symphony was left unorchestrated while the third and fourth movements of the 8th ('Unfinished') were never written. That was an excusable error since Schubert wrote nine numbered symphonies; what bugs me is that so few chose an answer. Of the 24 statements, most of them are utterly ridiculous; it should be possible for anyone with reasonable music knowledge to narrow it down to a few.

There's something seriously wrong with musical education in school. I don't know about your country, but in Hong Kong, we actually listen to people like Lady Gaga in music class. Such music is already well-known; there is no need at all to introduce it in music class. There should be more focus on the real masters, their lives and their works.

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