What We Hear in Music

Anne Shaw Faulkner

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What We Hear in Music - Anne Shaw Faulkner

Excerpt from What We Hear in Music: A Laboratory Course of Study in Music History and Appreciation for Four Years of High School, Academy, College, Music Club or Home Study

In this Course of Study for High Schools, it has been the earnest desire of the author and the publishers to contribute a well-organized plan for the study of music in a broadly cultural style, looking toward giving a working knowledge of the literature of music, rather than a theoretical study of the form and grammar of the subject.

The study of high school music must be arranged to attract, hold and Educate every boy and girl, regardless of whether they can sing or not, and should furnish opportunity, material and instruction that will enable them to become, not professional musicians, but music lovers and appreciative, intelligent listeners, knowing the worlds music just as they know the history, prose, poetry and art.

Music, when properly taught, stands for as much mental development and general culture as any other subject in the curriculum, and should receive the same credits toward graduation from the local school, and as entrance requirements in the Colleges and Universities.

To-day the trend of music study is strongly toward appreciation, rather than theory. It is impossible, however, to study appreciation or interpretation without Real Music to interpret and appreciate.

Heretofore, the ideals of high school pupils in music have been virtually limited to the music they, themselves, could produce, thus restricting their observation to a very narrow field.

Now the Victor and Victor-Victrola, with the wonderful list of Victor Records, which is regularly augmented each month, makes it possible to present the whole subject in a vital form, as it brings within the hearing of every pupil the real music to be studied and analyzed in consecutive lessons, starting at a given point, progressing systematically, and arriving at a legitimate conclusion.

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