Readers of this blog know that Eduflack is a strong advocate of arts education. I myself was an (award-winning) drama kid in high school. And while I have no musical ability whatsoever–despite years of piano lessons and attempts to learn other instruments–I passionately believe in the role of the arts in our schools.
So I was saddened when I saw a promotional photo from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association this week, promoting Music In Our Schools Month. No doubt, we should be celebrating music in our schools. But let’s do it right, in a way that honors the art.
A quick look at the photo below, and you’ll see a few things. A sax player with no mouthpiece, no reed, and hands in no place that would actually help her play the instrument. We could go on.
My sister is a professional musician, a jazz singer in Chicago. She is a poster child for the arts in school and all it can do for a learner. When I shared the photo with her, all she could do was tell me that it has been making the rounds in the music circles, as a punchline, I assume.
Judge for yourself. Does this help or hurt the cause of arts and music education?
And a big HT to Matthew Tabor for putting this on my radar.