I was taken aback by the Westfield Board of Education’s recent missive, the front of which bears a picture with caption “Why is this Music Class in the Kitchen?” I asked myself why, while a student at the Juilliard School, I did my harmony and counterpoint exercises while riding the New York subways. And why Mozart did his compositional studies in stagecoaches.
The “needs” of the Westfield Public Schools are–and have always been, I’m afraid–more imagined than real. What our students need is not more pampering but better teaching.
Ferdinand Gajewski, PhD