Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lithuanian development ....

....as reflected in music education.

I have a friend who's a violin teacher (pedagogue, as they say here). When I first got to know her, about 5 years ago, she was unemployed, living with her parents on their pension.

A year or two later she got a job in an insurance company.

Recently she has been working in a music school, in her original profession.

Now she is complaining that there are not enough children wanting to learn the violin. They want quick results without working, learn the piano (keyboard?) or guitar (quick results on the piano without working? That's not my impression), and the parents do not want to support the learning, either.

Sounds familiar to Western music educators, no? It would be a shame if this wonderful heritage was lost.