The classical schools of music are now putting required pop music questions on exams, even at the doctoral level, which should be the most focused degree of all. But they don't provide the classes to give students that knowledge.
The reason schools of music have started asking questions about pop music is to show that they embrace all types of music. In reality many teachers in private lessons are very quick to dismiss pop music. The few that are ok with it oftentimes only give their blessing to older pop like Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Jimmy Hendrix.
The way for schools of music to show their embrace of pop and non-classical music would be to allow students who are interested in jazz and pop to explore it further in lessons and recitals, while leaving the students that care about classical music to study classical music.
Current curriculum don't allow for that to happen with the precision of the requirements for degree recitals.
For a school of music not to be hypocritical, it would need to match the curriculum with the exams questions. If pop music and jazz become exam requirements, the recital requirements should allow for those types of music to be integrated into recitals.
When recitals requirements are rigid about classical music, the exam questions should reflect that and stay within the knowledge and the given education of the students.
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Posted by Geraldine at 5:50 PM