"How would I teach music if I didn't have to compromise?" This question is pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking for some people, but it's not an unimportant question.
David Vandewalker, assistant band director at Georgia State University, as part of a presentation to the Smith Walbridge Directors Clinics, lamented that when he started teaching music, he didn't know the definition of a "music educator:" a "Special events administrative manager for a community-oriented small business with a serious music problem." This is a hard pill to swallow for students in music education preparatory programs who think they are going to spend more of their professional lives "doing music." I would estimate that in most cases, only 10-30% of the "job" involves music.
Does it have to be this way? How would you teach music classically if you did not have to compromise? Please comment below.