21 thoughts on “TEDxSydney – Richard Gill – The Value of Music Education”

  1. I think it's pointless. How many will go on to be professional musician? very little and I'm an pro musician myself.

  2. Rest in peace Richard. I was lucky enough to be in the audience and this speech changed our children's lives with a commitment to a musical education

  3. Rest in peace, Richard. The couple of times I met you were inspirational, and you will not soon be forgotten.

    "Every child should have access to proper music."

  4. His defiition is really poor. He talks the perceive value music a has for himself and he thinks all people should perceived it the same way. But music doesn't mean the same for everybody. So whats the value of music. Very interesting

  5. Next year I am planning to write my dissertation about importance of music in our society and the benefits of musical education. Also about brain plasticity and how this is working in general when connected to music. If anyone would like to take part in the questionnaire (or short interview), let me know in the comment 🙂 Next year I will respond when I will gather enough people. Thank you!

  6. Begs the question: if music education is so important, why is it I'm not finding any courses on YouTube?
    In the seven years since this was presented as something "important," there's nothing from any universities or other schools saying, "This is a $50* music keyboard. Here's what we can teach you to give you a comprehensive knowledge of this 'important' subject." *Meaning if you have fifty dollars, you can learn, regardless of your circumstances or where you live.

  7. my daughters PUBLIC school in Sydney NSW requires $780 upfront per year for children to attend band. As a sole parent, this ended up too cost prohibitive- they would not allow me to pay this off throughout the year. As a consequence, she had no choice but to drop out. I did have a private tutor for a while, who cost the same but over the course of a year, but her interest waned because she was no longer entitled to participate in the wider group, (her social standing reinforced within earshot during lunchbreak rehearsals-heartbreaking.) Midnight oil frontman Peter Garret joined politics and one of the first things he did was defund the scholarship programmes for disadvantaged children like my child, to attend the Australian National Youth Orchestra- I could'nt believe it. Someone whose life had been invested in music and who gained financially exponentially from it… This story kind of ends happy- my daughter auditioned for singing at the Newtown School of Performing Arts and has been shortlisted. Writing to the principle, I said, 'she should be commended for being shortlisted, but imagine the possibilities had this school enabled her to continue the band' Crickets. As an early childhood educator, I make music as acessable as possible for the children in my care, not some elitist pastime. Having completed the arts component of my bachelors degree (a few sessions only) I'm dissapointed in how little value is given to everything Richard Gill says here. It should be a subject in itself.

  8. I disagree with the comment saying you can't appreciate Mozart while still struggling with the notes. To me, struggling brings me closer to Mozart's genius. All in all, I believe music is so wonderful that it will not die, even within an unsympathetic culture.

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