My main purpose in the letter was to
try to get schools to create an educational TV channel for
children and teach them about instruments and the history of music.
But they never do they just cover up the truth as much as they can
like the public schools do here in NYC.
But never interest from them just indifference, the local media only promote rock and entertainment music not instrumental music,
if no one hears
how will people like it?
Dick Clark died and he had 300,000,000 million dollars in his bank account from what I heard. What instrumental musician has this kind of money?
Dean Scott was not too happy with my letter so I replied to him, but no sense in sending it to the President of the University and I just found out that the president doesn't write these letters he sends out to the alumni, it is only a marketing tool. Why is dishonest behavior so accepted in our society and all the accepted lies. I am not here to hurt anybody but just to create some change
Dean Scott's letter is at the end of
I produced a local cable show for three years in the Bronx called the Music Show and the Children's music show. 30 shows and 30 The Music Show, with my own time and money.
Greg here from the lecture series on
Friday. this was a lecture series on the Arts Development in Music and
Painting at Lehman College here in the Bronx. On
April 19th, three artists/arts educators of Lehman College will
present a thought provoking workshop/discussion touching on the
challenges of teaching in the arts, teaching future teachers,
teaching the disciplines of music and art, and best practices. Please
join us and be prepared to question and be creative.
This was my proposal for the lecture: Wanted to update you on Dr. Rosandich and his Artist Program for Sports and the Olympics. I think it is a great idea to link Sports and the Arts.
Of course Sports gets so much attention in the media compared to the Arts. Dr. Rosandich is an international sports advocate for health.
He has been all over the world training teachers and up lifting the exercise programs for youth and setting standards for what is a healthy body and what children need improvement.
Since I am a senior citizen now I really realize the importance of phys ical fitness. . Dr. Rosandich is trying to unite the World through Sport and Art, not through military expeditions like we have had in the last 69 years since my birth.
For the development of music there must be more education for the general public. One thing I learned from my TV show productions is that the TV Industry does not have really standards when it
comes to content. They are only looking for ratings as we all know and have experienced. So just producing music students will not help the culture as we can see from popular media today.
I am a graduate from the University of North Texas Music and they also have no interest in general music education. NT music is the largest music school in the nation. I say most all music schools
are living in the past from the 30s, 40s and 50s. This is not artistic development or meeting the realities of today.
I say all students in high school should have a four year music program. All college students should study an instrument for one year. In this way there will be a better understanding of what music is. I recently learned that rap artists have accumulated 150 million dollars. This is what the media respects not the content of it.
Someone should implement these ideas so we do not have such an ignorant population when it comes to music.
Here are URL for his articles on his programs. I hope you can connect with the United States Sport Academy programs.
http://www.greghenrywaters.com/reunionbf/coachtr/Gabarron%20-%20Spirit%20of%20the%20Bay.jpg Picture of a painting.
http://www.greghenrywaters.com/reunionbf/coachtr/Introduction%20to%20the%20Academy.pdf Introduction to the Academy.
*A light lunch will be served.*
Thanks, Greg Henry Waters, Artist of Music and Raja Yoga
Copies to: James Scott, Dean NT Music, Denton, Texas
Diana Battipaglia, Dean Lehman College Music, Bronx, NY
President Rawlins, President Un. of North Texas
Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President, United States Sports Academy
Reply from Dean Scott from UNT Music
Scott, James wrote:
Greg, it is terribly unfair and incorrect for you to characterize UNT in the way you did in this letter. About 30-35% of all the credits generated by the College of Music are intended for the general student, not the music major. We have doubled this percentage during my time as dean. Further we are engaged in teacher preparation in very serious ways. Beyond having about 300 students dedicating their curricular efforts toward becoming teachers--primarily for people who will not try to become professional musicians--all undergraduate performance majors are required to study pedagogy. The musical education of the general public, particularly for coming generations, is very close to the heart of our efforts. I am offended that you miscast us in such a way, and hope that you will set the record straight.
James C. Scott, Dean
College of Music
University of North Texas
Answer from Greg Henry Waters
Well, I don't know what is fair.
I know fairness is not in Hollywood and why music schools to not
fight against Hollywood and their standards. I have not heard
any comment about Hollywood and the fact that they go for many forms
of popular music in their productions; only thing I hear from NT is
the praises Hollywood gives NT students.
You always promote Grammy winners from NT. Do you ever say anything about rap music and compare it to other forms of music. I know the teacher from Lehman defended himself when I brought it up in class. You promote the music an career of Lou Mirini, my classmate, and he became famous by playing Rock'n Roll blues. I went to his web site and this is all the kind of music he plays. He is a great musician but has to lower his standards to make a living, or it looks like he really enjoys this music, don't know.
How about all the orchestras who do not have budgets. I did not push my kids into music because of all the trouble I had for following my own way.
The one o'clock plays at major jazz festivals and competes against other big bands. I know of four great big bands here in NY that just rehearse mostly and are looking for gigs.
You guys have a budget and money from the State, no one here gets money for ads or for travel. I wonder where all your students are going to work that you graduate?
I just think it is time schools take responsibility for what is going on in performance, recording industry, new music performance, standards in music, there is no opposing voice for standards in music.
When I had my music show in the Bronx (TV) I would walk around and people would say hi to me, oh you have the music show. Now that I stopped it no one knows me. Lehman school never even mentioned the fact about my show. The professors are always right I might repeat.
How can I make it right, I am talking about TV production about educating the General Public not about music students. This is the same thing the Ass. Dean at Lehman said to me he is educating everybody. I hardly think so. All the jazz musicians from the 60' and 70's went into education to earn a living. This is what I am speaking of. Sorry I wasn't clearer in my letter but the purpose of my letter was to promote sports and the arts or just making some changes in the concept of modern education.
This was not an attack and I am sad that you feel this way. I was hoping for a response for change not just to put me down.
Greg Henry Waters
Quantz complained about playing dance music because it lower his standards of performance. He stopped playing dance music and the oboe too. I might say this has happened to me too. Music is a devil of a career for so many different influences.
NYC schools stopped promoting instrumental music some 30 years ago and now look what we have. Did the music schools fight against this?