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cry of the so-called practical educator to-day is "Stick to the fundamentals! Out with fads and frills."
Fine! We agree. For what is more fundamental than music? MUSIC was the basis of education centuries before the three R's were known!
Rightfully enough, it is only a thor. ough grounding in the three R's and vocational training that prepares for adequately sustaining life. But true education has come to mean so much more than a preparation for making a living. It must prepare for complete living. The modern school is more than a mere workshop. Only insofar as it makes ready for both earning a living and appreciating the finer values of life -music, art, literature-does it fulfill its mission.
Music in the school vitalizes, illumi. nates, and correlates with many other subjects: literature, history, geography, commercial studies, mythology, physical education, nature study, and hygiene. It fosters all the educational processes that are the desideratum of the so-called practical subjects. It SECURES atten. tion, interest, mental discipline, partici. pation, and expression, THROUGH sense perception, emotional response, and instruction, STIMULATING imagination, discrimination, concentration, and interpretation, LEAVING a sidium of knowledge, culture, poise,
What other one subject can do so much ? — And fully possible with the Victrola in the classroom.
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is neither a profound nor an exhaustive The growing demand in high schools treatise on the recitation. It is only a for a one-year course in European his- series of easy lectures on the subject, tory led the author some months ago to prepared for young teachers. They are write World Progress. The original published in the hope that they will work is now published in two volumes,
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