James Ehnes asks a great question. Why don’t schools ask students to listen to a Beethoven Symphony or Miles Davis in the same way that they demand students study the works of Mark Twain or Shakespeare?
One of the reasons I love my job as a teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic is that I DO get to draw students deeply inside the cannon of great musical literature.
I went to public school, and remember being assigned to read a few Shakespeare plays, a work or two of the ancient Greeks and several of the notable “coming of age” novels of the 20th century.
But never once was I told to listen to a Beethoven symphony. Continue reading the full article.