Planting Seeds of Public Symphony

29 11 2006

“Sounds” to me like public education as real-world symphony rather than mere school. I swear I can almost hear in this a swelling refrain of Pink’s six essential characteristics for the new conceptual age–design, play, story, meaning, symphony, empathy:

. . .the leaders of Carnegie and Juilliard see an opportunity to promote their conviction that a musician in 21st-century America should be more than just a person who plays the notes.

Under the new program elite musician . . .fellows will each be assigned to a different school and work there one and a half days a week. They will teach their instruments, or music in general, and give their own pointers to school music teachers.

The idea is to cultivate musicians with a wider view of the world, who will populate professional orchestras and help turn them into cultural forces in their cities. Such thinking hass become increasingly prevalent in musical institutions. . .

“It’s essentially about how you nurture and train the finest young musicians,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s executive and artistic director. The idea, said Joseph W. Polisi, Juilliard’s president, is to “change the paradigm” of being a musician and help players make music “that is at the center of society and the life of the individual.” . . .

And speaking of bold new design experiments in the real world, check this out too.