Why Bach cannot be whispered
What concerns me is the implication that this approach represents a route to salvation in other schools where the class music teaching is seen as a "turn-off".
My recent experience alongside young teachers in ordinary maintained schools in ordinary suburban areas suggests that "classical" repertoire is actually seldomtaught below key stage 4. The vast majority of pupil performing and composing is entirely in the rockpop idiom in order to reinforce the teacher's "street cred".
It gave me little pleasure to invigilate a test last term where Year 9 pupils answered questions on Shakespeare and other literary heavyweights, while I could not whisper the word Bach for fear of ridicule within the profession, let alone within the classroom.
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