By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
The current system of music education worldwide is build upon the notion of recreating someone's compositions. It may be performance of music repertoire, writing down dictations, and even memorizing musical themes from pieces of the masters old and new.
Do this often and long enough and you'll create an army of educated concert goers who appreciate good music. Well, maybe some performers too, if we're lucky.
But who's gonna create creators?
And I'm not buying the explanation that composition is only for professional composers.
Creators create. That's what they do, regardless if they have the diploma for that or not.
And actually humans are different from the animal kingdom primarily in this characteristic - we are capable of creating.
It seems to me we're not focusing upon creating an environment and culture which rewards brave creators and leaders, people who care enough to say, "Here, I made this. What do you think?"
In a world of tomorrow where human connection, creativity and innovation will be all we have left for us and all the good jobs will be taken over by the machines and artificial intelligence, this is not only the wise choice, it's the ONLY choice we'got.
So, are you creating or are you consuming music?
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