From Metaphoric Landscapes to Social Reform: A Case for Holistic Curricula
Discusses two related dilemmas: (1) the tension between the Western view of historical progress and the realities of modern society; and (2) the tension between old and new approaches to teaching and learning about the arts. Argues that the end result of implementing the Goals 2000 program might diminish the teaching of the arts as discrete subjects.
Integrating the Arts: Renaissance and Reformation in Arts Education
Asserts that the general educational curriculum tends to be fragmented and compartmentalized and that this situation would be improved by curriculum integration. Argues that an interdisciplinary arts approach would require new teacher attitudes and instructional strategies.
Language Barriers and Teaching Music
Maintains that every public school student deserves an opportunity to study a musical instrument. Asserts that a limited command of English should not prevent a student from being accepted into instrumental music class or hinder that student's progress.
To Russia with Music
Describes the experience of participating in the first United States/Russia Joint Conference on Education, part of the Citizen Ambassador Program. Recounts visits to two Russian music schools where the author was able to observe classes.