On Jul 2, 2014, at 10:04 PM, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com> wrote:
> Beethoven is a dead. No one can play him anymore (was he played often while alive?) One can still play his compositions. I don't know what the average 3rd grader can play but it sure isn't the average Beethoven composition.
Funny. I wasn?t talking about the average 3rd grader, I was talking about the average talented 3rd grader, maybe the above average talented 3rd grader, but not a prodigy, who would be younger and (very) much more talented.
Do a search for honors recitals. This is what honors music looks like, in elementary school.
But back to my point. Many talented 3rd graders will try to play Beethoven, and some will actually succeed. If 9 years old is too young, then how about 12 years old? My point is that Beethoven appreciation (playing, not listening) is accessible to musical 3rd graders or 6th graders and if we want to draw a parallel of this type of appreciation to mathematical 3rd graders or 6th graders then the math we are talking to must be accessible. Calculus is not *accessible* to elementary students, even talented ones, and neither is algebra if the competitive exams are any indication. Pre algebra is though.
Of all of the forms of appreciation talked about so far, I think this form you mentioned is critical. Milieu is nice, but I didn?t have milieu and I know a lot of others that didn?t have milieu. Even peers from much better homes didn?t live with engineers or mathy parents. Some did, but many if not most did not. What milieu we did get, we got at school.
But connecting to the material and running off and studying/practicing for hours is a pedagogical home run, and going all the way to adulthood with it, a grand slam.
I count this stuff in my 75%. My 25% would be having adult musicians and composers come to the classroom and play and field questions from the students.