The Trivium and teaching music in 2014
This essay has as its subject the Trivium and what we can learn from it in 2014. I believe that rekindling interest in this system of learning which was the standard for three thousand years will not only be of the greatest importance in the short term but also in the long term perspective. The generalized lamentation of the disastrous collapse of standards in academic institutions the world over has prompted me to consider what system was used before, and what the potential benefits of its revival could be for humanity at large. Read more
Presentation for the University of Nagoya, September, 2013
“The proper aim of education is to promote significant learning. Development means successively asking broader and deeper questions of the relationship between oneself and the world. This is as true for the first-grader as the graduate student.
Because of broad technological, demographic and social changes, the proportion of students over 25 years of age has billowed from 25 percent to 43 percent in the last ten years. The necessity of working with these adult students of very different ages, levels, goals, financial conditions and personal disponibility poses important questions as to the possibility of an effective diagnosis of the musical, technical and artistic profile of the student. This is a prerequisite for establishing short term goals for the period in which the student is immediately responsible as well as beginning to construct a platform from which it will be possible for the student to consolidate what he has learned and continue his development by establishing medium and long term goals. Read more