Imagine math lessons in schools where your child is taught the biographies of great mathematicians and the ability to visually distinguish an equation from multiplication. And on exams they are asked to point their finger at a line where there is a multiplication or subtraction sign. In this case, the study of numbers is introductory and takes place somewhere in the third grade.
Imagine that in reading class your child is taught poems and songs. They learn to distinguish iambic from chorea by ear. They listen to poetry performed by actors without any introduction to the letters a, b, or c.
How productive would that be?
Today, that is how music is generally taught in most public schools.
Music education in school is an “autistic subject,” in a metaphoric meaning of the word. The major problem of most music curricula is a lack of focus.
I see it as one of the biggest global problems of our modern society.
Here is why:
The number, the letter, the music note -- this is the very foundation of the world of words, numbers and sounds. Humanity has mastered the numbers and letters. But the music notes are completely out of focus.
Note (lat. Nōta - “sign,” “label”) - a graphic image of a musical sound, as well as the sound itself.
A note has three main parameters:
a pitch (the number of vibrations of a sound wave),
a position on the music staff (on a particular line or space) and
These three elements are one, but in school are taught separately from the start.
Singing songs in general music lessons has nothing to do with reading notes from the staff. Learning the rhythm and meter with the help of percussion instruments is in no way connected with discovering the number of sound vibrations or reading the notes from the staff.
Such musical activities generate nothing but chaos.
In this complete chaos, children in music lessons do not learn to perceive a note in its trinity. Instead, we develop in children a sense of uncertainty, destructiveness, and unpredictability of the consequences of a particular action. Some students in this chaos learn some skills not because of, but in spite of, the lessons. Most of the student body toils in boredom and confusion through the process of learning everything and nothing.
Thanks to such lessons of “music,” we instill in children the perception of the world not as a single and harmonious whole, where all elements are interconnected, interdependent. We instill in children a picture of the world in which there are many disconnected pieces of puzzles, and you are all alone -- the center of the Universe. In the world that we program for our kids in public schools, we develop their self-centered attitude with no regard for other living creatures.
The musical chaos in our heads fills most of our consciousness every minute. Whether we like it or not, it acts on a subconscious level on each of us. Without teaching students to focus on a note as a trinity of one, the harmony and interrelation of the elements of the world become impossible for an unprepared person to recognize. Especially a child!
Instead of a means of educating and developing spiritually, music becomes the secret weapon of manipulation. Children drink alcohol and do drugs at concerts of this type of music. This is not what music is supposed to do for people.
All pop culture, advertising, and mass media are built on using music as the main emotional manipulator.
Divide and rule. This slogan fits best today in teaching "music" in schools, where there is no focus on the main element of music -- the note. Separating the trinity of the sound of notes and duration into distinct elements and depriving children of the elementary opportunity to become musically literate, we form in them anything but complete, creative souls. Not seeing and not perceiving the harmony and interrelations of all the elements of music, we destroy nature, the land on which we live, ourselves. And each other.
In fact, it is with the help of the trinity of the main element of music that the concept of the Trinity can be explained to children as the union of vibrations (God), the sign (Spirit), as well as the beginning, development and completion of live sound (Jesus Christ). The Bible helps us to understand the true, Divine property of sound, in which the elements of vibration, sign and a certain duration (birth -- life on earth -- the completion of life on earth) are one.
And I ask you to note that in this context the Bible is related not so much to religion, as to the spiritual, multidimensional perception of the world, as a whole and, with us in it, as the elements of complete harmony.
I am sure that starting a child learning music from a note, a child would be able to quickly determine his spiritual orientations. In each of us there are both the Earthly and the Heavenly. Depriving the person of the note, we deprive him from making a choice.
Why is it important for each of us?
General music at school is a state-required subject. With all the public rantings about the “luck of funds,” a huge amount of money is allocated annually to keep music lessons in public schools out of state budgets. The schools’ loss of all these funds is not for the benefit but to the detriment of our children.
Why is music education that doesn’t focus on the music note harmful for our children?
Without notes, music lessons at school teach children that the world is chaotic and that to break through in this chaos is the only purpose of existence.
Musical notation and communication one-on-one with each note teach the child the value of every moment because he visually experiences the beginning, the development, and the completion of each sound. Seeing the music notes together in a piece, the child learns to treat life as an invaluable gift in which the creation of anything is a project. There is a beginning to the project – a development and a completion.
Without the ability to read a musical text, children waste hours of their time pretending to learn something without ever actually learning a thing, a habit that becomes the norm for their attitude toward life.
The industry of celebrities and stars is the crest of this dirty "musical" wave that has swallowed up modern society. Departure from the trinity of the notes has over-simplified and vulgarized the language of music. The scarcity of focus on the note is compensated for by all the mindless visual effects that hold a person’s attention at any cost.
This is a sign of the extinction of the ability of society to adequately perceive higher musical vibrations, to be able to focus, and to develop memory and a longer attention span.
What we today call “general music” in schools requires an immediate reappraisal and revision to avoid more serious consequences for modern society and its intellectual and spiritual future.
On this video you can clearly see how a 3-year-old toddler interacts with notes 1 on 1 and self developing musically: