More Thoughts on--“Is All Music Created Equal?”—part 3
So, under the nihilism that postmodernism ultimately brings music educators are afraid to teach the concept of valuing music based on its quality as an artform. In many music education situations, in order that a music educator may act in a politically correct manner, he or she must give all music compositions in all styles a ‘trophy’ that is the same size regardless of whether these compositions are the work of a hack or a great composer; well thought out and developed musical works; or are trite, banal, or mundane musical compositions.
There have been core values that have been a continuing thread throughout the development of great Western music over the centuries. To toss these values aside in favor of the new philosophical position that all musical works are of equal quality is to sadly misunderstand the nature and value of music in Western culture and the core values of music education.
Scripture for the Day
Proverbs 3:13, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”