Another person weighing in on the issue of cultural preservation:
My response to Dalton:
Thanks for your post. I’m happy that you’re passionate about stride piano! I love stride piano and ragtime and grew up listening and playing Scott Joplin, Art Tatum and Jelly Roll. In university, I spent many hours in the library reading about the history of ragtime and practicing ragtime pieces. I wrote essays on the subject, did a number of presentations and performances. Earlier this year, I memorized Gershwin’s piano preludes, and all his popular song arrangements. I have plans in the next year to fully transcribe a bunch of Teddy Wilson’s recordings. I hope to post the transcriptions for everyone to download on my website soon.
Although we’re blogging in a light-hearted sense, and I enjoy a good debate, I take slight offense that you think I’m not educating myself properly, or that I expect to be spoon-fed. It’s also presumptuous to think that of the other piano players. Our music, resumes and accomplishments speak for themselves.
These presumptions also further divide the community on an issue that’s supposed to unite us! Nowhere in my posts on this issue do I say responsibility rests solely on the teacher. Please don’t ignore the title of the post: It’s a compromise!
One note about the Kodaly quote. Don’t forget that he says culture will vanish unless each new generation wins it for itself. It doesn’t say ‘each individual,’ or ‘each person.’ It says ‘each new generation,’ which implies a collective effort. Everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher…that’s the compromise.