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I noticed that VJA is doing a show called "Rhapsodies of Earth."  I'm guessing this is something original and creative and not a compilation (sp?) of pieces like Rhapsody in Blue, etc... (thinking the whole Rhapsody theme.)

 

Warren Township is doing a show called "Impressions of Japan."  Not sure what pieces are included in this show. 

 

Wheaton North is doing something about The Age of the Sphinx.  I think it's based off a piece for wind ensemble, arranged by their director.

Why is it that so many bands do shows about history? I never really noticed that until now.

for the "educational aspect". lol

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You learn History in Band? why? That makes as much sense as English during Math. hahaha

Sarcasm aside, there is a lot of educational aspects of music that go beyond just playing, many of which have nothing to do with show themes.

 

There is a ton of math in music, for one example. You have to be able to read, thus English is involved, not mention all the non-english vocabulary involved. History is always involved, even if its as minimal as learning the time period in which a piece was written and knowing the compser. How about music theory? There is the mechanics of your instrument and the science of how you play. The physical aspects of playing....throw in marching and choreography, then you have even more physical aspects that even PE classes can't cover. Drill and color guard include large amounts of math and especially geometry.

 

A little off topic, but there is a lot more to band that *should* cover many subjects.

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You learn History in Band? why? That makes as much sense as English during Math. hahaha

From the MENC website:

 

National Standards for Music Education

 

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

5. Reading and notating music.

6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

7. Evaluating music and music performances.

8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

 

And our own state standards for fine arts education, listed at the ISBE website:

 

STATE GOAL 25: Know the language of the arts.

A. Understand the sensory elements, organizational principles and expressive qualities of the arts.

B. Understand the similarities, distinctions and connections in and among the arts.

 

STATE GOAL 26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced.

A. Understand processes, traditional tools and modern technologies used in the arts.

B. Apply skills and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more of the arts.

 

STATE GOAL 27: Understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.

A. Analyze how the arts function in history, society and everyday life.

B. Understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.

 

 

A good education provides you not only with certain skills, but the knowledge and critical thinking skills to be able to relate those skills to one another and understand how to use them together in real life. In essence, a good education is interdisciplinary--we don't just teach you how to play music, we teach you why and how it can be an important part of your (and others') lives.

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You learn History in Band? why? That makes as much sense as English during Math. hahaha

Oh, and on the subject of learning English in math class...what do you think word problems are?:) (Not to mention the many schools that require their teachers to give writing across the curriculum prompts...no matter WHAT the subject area...)

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You learn History in Band? why? That makes as much sense as English during Math. hahaha

Oh, and on the subject of learning English in math class...what do you think word problems are?:) (Not to mention the many schools that require their teachers to give writing across the curriculum prompts...no matter WHAT the subject area...)

O ya...

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