Rock Is Not the Enemy

By David Bornstein

On Friday, I wrote about an organization called Little Kids Rock, which has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. The column sparked a little bit of a culture war: some readers were aggrieved by the idea that children should learn popular music in schools, others suggested that classical composers would love rock ‘n roll. Some feared that teaching pop would “dumb down” music education, others felt it was vital to make music education more relevant to children. I’d like to clarify some misconceptions and explain why I think the program is a valuable addition, rather than a threat to the classical tradition.
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