"Sugar coating medicine does not draw one to the medicine, it draws one to the sugar." -- me
Conflicted. Mixed feelings. Put children on the classical track to begin with and you won't need to infiltrate pop culture to reach them (maybe--because you never know... everyone is an individual, just like those pianos). I was watching a wonderful program on PBS last evening about a teacher in Rye, NY in the '60s who was teaching Shakespeare to elementary level children. It was WONDERFUL. He made the stories real for them and they absorbed it like a sponge.
Who or what drives popular culture? Is it greedy media tycoons? Is it a mind-boggling phenomena? Is it you and me?
Who is to say that "classical" music should live forever? Who is to say that "pop" music is empty? If a person encounters the depth of human experience in a popular song, how is that different than if I experience the depth of human experience in a classical composition?
I'm asking a lot of questions because I haven't the sightest idea of an answer.
"Hunger for growth will come to you in the form of a problem." -- unknown