1 - Popular Music Has Become Too Commercialized
Popular music has become over-commercialized, governed by only a few large
corporations, and dominated by select media outlets and televised award shows.
Because of this, most people are exposed to only a limited selection of music,
often only the short playlists of a person's favorite radio station. The wide expanse
of recorded popular music from past eras is often not promoted via radio, nor
considered fair game for educational venues outside of a few more-progressive
2 - Classical Music Has Become "Discords du Jour"
The dominant style of discordant classical music that unfolded during the 20th
century has driven people away from concert halls, leaving the younger generations
ignorant of the great classical orchestral and choral works from the five previous
centuries. Furthermore, cash-strapped American concert halls and symphony
orchestras have been forced to turn to symphonic presentations of popular music in a
desperate attempt to avoid bankruptcy.
3 - Music Has Become "Persona Non Grata" in Our Schools
Once considered of primary importance in education, music has all but
disappeared in so many American schools.
Fortunately, we find ourselves at a crossroads as a rare window of opportunity has
opened for the first time in history. Because of advancements in technology, we now
have the means and content to create the greatest music-education project ever…
a project with a scope so wide that it would have been beyond the imagination of
anyone just a decade ago. The stage is now being set to introduce to the youth of
today an educational and entertainment platform that features the world's greatest
music traditions: popular, folk, classical and sacred!
The Musical Kaleidoscope Project offers classes on music topics, great
documentaries from the world's archives (with subtitle options), creatively
programed shows presenting music from all cultures and times, and important books,
scores and study scores, both in published form and immeadiately available in the
Members of the younger generation are already taking advantage of our current,
unique crossroads in time and many are turning away from the offerings of the
corporate-controlled music industry, looking instead for music that will provide
them with greater value.
- A 2014 study cited by Trends Journal finds that today's young music students
are interested the roots of popular, country, blues and jazz music, seeking
out musicians such as Django Reinhardt, Bessie Smith and King Oliver.
- According to Music Business Worldwide, older albums now outsell new
albums on iTunes worldwide.
- Concerts of classical-style symphonic music from the video game world
attract sold-out audiences of millennials across America.
- Hundreds of youth orchestras have been established worldwide, based on
the amazing success of Venezuela's El Systema programs.
In 2013, the elaborate prison-like security systems that had been installed at the
Orchard Gardens Elementary School in Roxbury, Massachusetts were dismantled and
replaced by music and arts programs. This caused the very desperate and dangerous
conditions existing in the school to reverse, completely turning around the school
and its students. At the time of this writing, Orchard Gardens School, in a poor
Boston neighborhood, is ranked 616 out of 671 in the "Best Public Elementary
School in Boston Metro" rankings.
The Musical Kaleidoscope Project is a completely new concept based on 48 years of
discovery and research. We are now ready to begin full implementation of this amazing
project, and we are ready to put together the team that will make it happen.
The keyword of the Musical Kaleidoscope Project is edutainment – a system that
is both educational and entertaining. It offers an enhancement to today's out-dated
music-education curricula, providing a teaching platform that treats traditional
popular, folk, classical and world music on an equal basis, and... it will live in
today's world of hand-held devices, as well as in the classroom, and in libraries
via our published and republished editions of valuable books and scores, ready for
study by today's young students.