It is a welcome address to parents of incoming students at Boston Conservatory, made by Karl Paulnack, director of the music division, on September 1, 2004. He presents an interesting perspective for musicians to ponder and certainly brings out some very important ideas.
As we continue to hear more and more about the school budget crisis, and the near demonization of the educational community in this state, it helps to realize that as music educators, we operate in two different arenas, education AND music, and we have extensive training in both. The power of music gives us a unique opportunity to reach our students differently and to interact with them through an art form that has great hidden potential. Mr. Paulnack illustrates this with a number of examples.
It would certainly be easy for us to listen to the political rhetoric and fall into the trap of thinking that music and the other art forms do not have an affordable place in the schools. With all that we know about the arts, my response is, can we afford not to have a place for them in the schools.