music education changed since you began teaching?
finished my twenty-fifth year of teaching, and music education has
changed tremendously because children have changed tremendously.
When I first started teaching, my biggest challenge was to keep
them quiet. And their biggest challenges were not to chew gum in
class and to be quiet. Children come to me today with all kinds
of stuff on their plates that, in my opinion, they have no business
"My children that I see know entirely too much, they have seen
entirely too much, they have to deal with entirely too much. So,
the music education has to change to be able to relate to what they
need. It is no longer as important as to what a quarter note looks
like—it is how music can help you heal."