According to this informative post, many of Romania’s schools’ music education programs are on the verge of being removed from the curriculum. And it’s all the fault of the music teachers!
Every time a teacher started to believe what everyone was saying about music education – how it’s worthless, kids don’t need it, what’s he gonna do in life if he learns how to read music? – it definitely died.
What a shame. I definitely owe a huge part of my upbringing thanks to my musical education. Did I grow up to play the guitar on the MTV? No. Did learning how to read musical notation ever turn out to be “useful”? Nope. But I still wouldn’t change a thing as it expanded my mind in a unique and special way. And there’s plenty of scientific evidence that demonstrates how beneficial an education in music is for children.
All I can say on a personal level is that it definitely helped me appreciate the classics in a more comprehensive and beautiful way. Still one of my all-time favorite videos!