[Dixielandjazz] IAJE- TJEN - Some thoughts

David Dustin postmaster at fountainsquareramblers.org
Sat Jan 20 19:01:03 PST 2007

Mike wrote:

I think some of it also has to do with the fact that's it's far
too easy to become a music teacher. It has everything to do with
booksmarts and nothing to do with being a proficient musician.
You just have to be proficient in teaching another student
another instrument. As long as you can pass the required state
exams and have at least a 'B' average in your music courses
you'll probably be hired as a teacher.

That may be true, Mike, but in the United States of 2007 just be glad if
your local school system is still HIRING music teachers at all irrespective
of whether they are trained improvisers/jazzers.  Too many are dropping
music and arts programs in favor of more sports coaches.

David Dustin

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