Music Without Schillinger
A question was posed during one of our Wednesday evening Speaking Schillinger Lectures, that had us all in a buzz. At first what seemed like an innocent remark caused a bit of a controversy. Would the state of music composition and education be any different had Schillinger not been born? You know kind of “It’s a Wonderful Life” but Schillinger playing the George Bailey character.
So the knee-jerk reaction is to say no difference. His teachings and System was just an annotation in the history of music and music education. Then the layers of the onion get peeled back one argument or Schillinger influence at a time. What if:
Gershwin never met Schillinger?
Glen Miller never wrote Moonlight Serenade?
Schillinger House/Berklee College of Music never opened?
Westlake School of Music Never was opened.
Rudolf Schramm, Bob Bianco, Richard Benda, Charlie Banacos never taught the Schillinger System?
Nathan Van Cleave, Leith Stevens, Franklyn Marks, Robert Emmett Dolan, Vic Mizzy, Lyn Murray etc.. never went to LA and Film Composers were never influenced by Schillinger.
Muhal Richard Abrams never learned the Schillinger System? Would the AACM ever have formed?
Charles Stepney never learned the Schillinger System would Earth Wind and Fire, Minnie Ripperton, the Dells, Ramsey Lewis and all his work ever been produced.
What if I never met Lou Pine and Jerome Walman?
Well There is a start. We will investigate these questions and more
Thinking Out Loud.
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