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A Pictorial History of Jazz: People and Places from New by Orrin Keepnews, Bill Grauer

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Stereo hearing is necessary to perceiving all the dimensions of musical sound— spacious, voluminous reverberation, and roundness in quality. Sacks tells another 42 opening the “black box” • Palmer and de Quadros story of a Norwegian physician, Jorgen Jorgensen, who lost complete hearing in his right ear. He eventually made a psychological adjustment to perceiving music in only his left ear, as Sacks notes, “reverberation can provide an enormous amount of information even to a single ear . . ”10 Much of the literature suggests that the brain is wired according to our experiences in life, the kinds of activities we carry on, studies that we undertake, and skills that we acquire.

32 To reiterate the fundamental point, music educators have a responsibility and a rare opportunity to broaden and deepen their involvement in music learning by seeing a horizon that includes all ages in all places beginning with conception and extending through old age. By expanding the view of who should be learning music (going beyond the normal confines of school grades), especially those compromised by circumstances, music learning can pervade the culture benefitting everyone. In addition, by erasing all boundaries of musical genres and making all music valuable, each segment of the total culture may be enriched and a broader and deeper appreciation of the arts may develop.

10 Just as we should take steps to protect biodiversity, to be engaged in the struggle against species extinction, and to be distressed by the disappearance of languages,11 so too must we be thoughtful about using technology in a cavalier consumption of the world’s cultures in the cause of a musically diverse classroom. Scott Lipscomb explores many aspects of technological capabilities in chapter 20. The effects of technology are felt in different ways that diverges from tradition rather abruptly.

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