TEDxSydney – Richard Gill – The Value of Music Education

32 thoughts on “TEDxSydney – Richard Gill – The Value of Music Education

  1. I think it's pointless. How many will go on to be professional musician? very little and I'm an pro musician myself.

  2. Rest in peace Richard. I was lucky enough to be in the audience and this speech changed our children's lives with a commitment to a musical education

  3. Rest in peace, Richard. The couple of times I met you were inspirational, and you will not soon be forgotten.

    "Every child should have access to proper music."

  4. His defiition is really poor. He talks the perceive value music a has for himself and he thinks all people should perceived it the same way. But music doesn't mean the same for everybody. So whats the value of music. Very interesting

  5. Next year I am planning to write my dissertation about importance of music in our society and the benefits of musical education. Also about brain plasticity and how this is working in general when connected to music. If anyone would like to take part in the questionnaire (or short interview), let me know in the comment 🙂 Next year I will respond when I will gather enough people. Thank you!

  6. Begs the question: if music education is so important, why is it I'm not finding any courses on YouTube?
    In the seven years since this was presented as something "important," there's nothing from any universities or other schools saying, "This is a $50* music keyboard. Here's what we can teach you to give you a comprehensive knowledge of this 'important' subject." *Meaning if you have fifty dollars, you can learn, regardless of your circumstances or where you live.

  7. my daughters PUBLIC school in Sydney NSW requires $780 upfront per year for children to attend band. As a sole parent, this ended up too cost prohibitive- they would not allow me to pay this off throughout the year. As a consequence, she had no choice but to drop out. I did have a private tutor for a while, who cost the same but over the course of a year, but her interest waned because she was no longer entitled to participate in the wider group, (her social standing reinforced within earshot during lunchbreak rehearsals-heartbreaking.) Midnight oil frontman Peter Garret joined politics and one of the first things he did was defund the scholarship programmes for disadvantaged children like my child, to attend the Australian National Youth Orchestra- I could'nt believe it. Someone whose life had been invested in music and who gained financially exponentially from it… This story kind of ends happy- my daughter auditioned for singing at the Newtown School of Performing Arts and has been shortlisted. Writing to the principle, I said, 'she should be commended for being shortlisted, but imagine the possibilities had this school enabled her to continue the band' Crickets. As an early childhood educator, I make music as acessable as possible for the children in my care, not some elitist pastime. Having completed the arts component of my bachelors degree (a few sessions only) I'm dissapointed in how little value is given to everything Richard Gill says here. It should be a subject in itself.

  8. I disagree with the comment saying you can't appreciate Mozart while still struggling with the notes. To me, struggling brings me closer to Mozart's genius. All in all, I believe music is so wonderful that it will not die, even within an unsympathetic culture.

  9. I am researching this subject. I am trying to figure out how I can get this into my school district. I live in rural wisconsin USA. I also have a website that I want to help promote music education. Any suggestions on this I would love to receive.

  10. As usual Richard Gill provides amazing reasons why we need to teach children from a young age.

  11. You're my new hero Richard! I'm a music educator and faced with all the usual attitude towards music education; dismissed as a privilege for the financially endowed and regarded as lower subject with no utility value. This is a refreshing message that I wish I had seen sooner!

  12. I was not brought up in a music family. Although many of my relatives
    have taken lessons, they are not professional musicians. I play with a
    music group in church so playing music is a weekly affair. Even when I
    am not practicing with the group during the summer break, I would play music on a keyboard / piano.
    There are people in the group who also sing in a choir. Once at a
    Christmas gathering I started playing "O Holy Night" on a keyboard and
    several people started singing the song in the background.

  13. I have seen a couple TV commercials from NAMM encouraging people to play
    musical instruments. I'm happy to know that I am not the only person in
    the world who has noticed that musical instruments and instrumental
    music are dying a miserable death. The sad fact is that these
    commercials will not make any difference. Music educators are the only
    people in a position to make a difference and prevent the extinction of
    musical instruments. Unfortunately music educators do not care if
    instrumental music dies 10 or 20 or 50 years from now. All they care
    about is what score their ensemble gets at the next festival.

  14. Wonderfully inspirational. Thanks. It would be helpful to correct the subtitles for the hearing impaired though. "Oral" has been substituted for "aural" throughout.

  15. At my school a bond is being voted on to improve our campus and curriculum by our community and I've been skimming through the plans and such. I was curious as to the improvements being made to the music department and actually discovered that they would be completely wiping out the entire thing in five years. IN FIVE YEARS TIME THERE WILL BE NO MUSIC EDUCATION AT MY SCHOOL WHAT HAS COME OF MY TOWN? I will be attending a board meeting and fighting this.

  16. I personally own the complete collection of Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on DVD. These DVDs are filled with enormous amounts of information designed to teach children to understand and appreciate instrumental music. I have offered to loan these DVDs to several music educators and have suggested that they be shown to their students. The angry responses I get are, " How will that help my students perform better?" or "How will that help my students get better scores at music festivals?" Music education is suffering because there are very, very few adults who support and care about music education, even though there are thousands and thousands of adults in this country who participated in music education. Music educators are not even trying to teach their students to appreciate legitimate music and when those students become adults, they do not support music education in any way.

  17. Thank you for your so lively way of teaching, I have been teaching too serious this far. I hope the American could grab those British musical terms I used to be educated that way in UK. (",)

  18. I have been a professional musician for over 30 years. I have performed music in public, in the real world, outside of the artificial, pretend, make-believe, government-funded fantasy world of music education, thousands of times. It has been a miserable experience watching instrumental music disappear from our country over the last 30 years. It is fascinating how music educators continue along in blissful ignorance while there is a musical holocaust taking place in the real world, outside of their government-funded fantasy world. Music educators are uninterested in and/or unaware of the fact that their former students are contributing to this musical holocaust as much as any group of people. Music educators don't care that their former students are just as likely as anyone to think that instrumental music is stupid and boring and that the people who have dedicated their lives to composing, performing, and teaching instrumental music are a bunch of idiots. Music educators apparently think that music education will exist indefinitely in a country that thinks instrumental music is stupid and boring and a waste of time, money, and resources. Instrumental music is dead in this country, instrumental music education is dying, and music educators are doing nothing to stop it.

  19. If our current music education system is so wonderful, why has instrumental music completely disappeared from our culture? Instrumental music in the United States really doesn't exist outside of government funded institutions, even though there are thousands and thousands of adults in this country who participated in instrumental music ensembles in school. Those adults have no respect or appreciation for instrumental music or the people who have dedicated their lives to composing it, performing it, and teaching it. Those adults think instrumental music is stupid and boring, just like adults who did not participate in instrumental music ensembles in school. Adults who think instrumental music is stupid and boring do not support music education. Music education is dying because even people who participated in music education do not care if it lives or dies.

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