Dave Taylor Performs at Kennedy Center

April 22nd, 2011 by Joshua Brown

Dave Taylor’s recent performance of Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger at the Kennedy Center is now available on YouTube.

2 Responses to “Dave Taylor Performs at Kennedy Center”

  1. Sam Stewart Says:

    No one can play like Dave can. So expressive and masterful

  2. Dalimin Says:

    It has taken me a while to write this post these past two weeks because I relaly didn’t know how to respond. There are a lot of questions so I figured I would start small and focus on what I thought of the Lindy article, and how I have observed it in my teaching.I do and I don’t recognize Lindy. I wasn’t relaly in a competitive band in school. We were placed by ability, but my teachers always made each part seem important, so I never felt like there was an issue not playing the trumpet 1 part. Anyway, I have seen classrooms taken over by competition and it has gotten ugly and I don’t feel that the students don’t get what they are supposed to musically. I think my biggest problem with this is that she never mentions that her practicing will help the group in any way. She just talks about becoming a higher chair. The disconnect between self and group is what bothers me.Sometimes I have this problem in my choir and I feel that certain students forget the group aspect of a large ensemble. I think it is easier in a choir to help someone out who is next to you, but you are always only as good as your weakest link. I hate to be cliche9, but I definitely say that a lot. I hope that it encourages all of my students to improve themselves to improve the group. That type of work ethic can be applied to all aspects of their lives. I don’t think that is the only thing that students should be getting out of a large ensemble, but it is definitely a skill that is easily transferable. I also don’t know how much individual competition is good for the enjoyment of music making. I think a purpose of large ensembles, especially at the school level, is for the students themselves to enjoy making music with others. It gives them an escape from other things they have going on and just be with others having a good time creating.Now Kratus on the other hand feels that music at home is individualistic whereas it is only group oriented in school. I disagree, I think that the students will be more inclined, if given the right atmosphere of the group at school, to take what they do at home and create with others, or want to bring what they learned to their school group. I don’t I see his points but I feel like there is no reason why this all can’t happen together. Why can’t we make what he considers out-of-school music to be incorporated into in-school music and vice versa?In rereading what I wrote and while still thinking about it I am not sure if I am any closer to answering the questions. I see benefits in all types of music programs; I can also see how things cannot benefit students. I am not sure where music education is headed. We have debated this is in class and seem to go in circles. That is where I am at right now.

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