The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre. Masters of infectious turn-of-the-90s synth pop, informed by the production values of late 80s music television, Harvey Miller and Monte Morgan will be bringing in the good vibes for an absolute party starter. Schools in more affluent area were able to carry on with their programs, in large part because of the donations of time and supplies made by their parents who could financially sustain them.
During the 1990’s they was a resurgence of music and art programs due to the efforts of the large artistic and musical communities who saw the need for this type of instruction in the public schools. IETM, the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, is the EU’s primary performing arts network.
True, there may be budding songwriters in the schools who have their own bands, etc; but my experience indicates that THOSE musicians are not typically ones involved in the school band, chorus, or orchestra, and even if they are, their creative work is occurring outside the school and music room doors.
I’ve been teaching music in the public school system for over twenty years, so it’s going to shock you when I say: music education in the public schools is a waste of time and money. Any 300- or 400-level course in music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, or music composition, as well as MUSC 107 and 207, counts toward this requirement, along with up to twelve credits of ensemble.
The most interesting case study in this analysis involved the schools of Sampson, North Carolina, where for two years in a row their standardized test scores rose only in the schools that implemented the arts education in their school district (Swan-Hudkins, 2003).