I bet that little girl at the start of the clip couldn't believe what her small donation would result in!! Half way through she's still just standing at the front near the bassist! I've wheeled a piano out of the classroom and into the playground at my school - my senior class sang Christmas carols to the junior school at recess as a completely impromptu concert - it gave the kids such a buzz to have a band playing just for them in the middle of their school yard!
Finally someone notices one of the important parts of that video. The little girl will remember that for a long time; it might even pique her interest in exploring music for herself.
If she is lucky enough to become a mother and encounters a situation of the same with her own children she might encourage her own daughter or son to go and do the same thing she did….
I have to say that I feel groups such as ThePianoGuys provide a valuable bridge between youth and culture. As a school music teacher, I use clips such as these to introduce kids to classical music. After showing the 'you don't know you're beautiful' clip it provided the opportunity for a lesson of wonderful experimentation standing around an old, exposed upright with some of the kids playing 'heart and soul' while others stood around tapping a particular string or some percussive effect on the body. One of my senior students used 'Moonlight' to compare the original Beethoven composition with the modern effects incorporated in ThePianoGuys version.
Yep. So now you have them interested. This is what can happen with instruments are not used in the traditional way. With an old upright the possible damage that may occur will not be important, but this is also a good time to educate and have a discussion with the students about proper care of musical instruments.
Expand this further and issue a challenge to the students.
Make it a school class year project, or an after school fun thing. Find an object that makes a sound, or find a way to use an instrument in an abstract way such as with the old upright. Then have the students make up a jug band, choose their own song and have some fun with music. Doesn’t matter of it sounds like crap…..The most important part is you have them away from the texting device and involved in exploring music which forms part of real life.
Any way to get today’s kids interested in music is a good thing I believe….
Jug bands can be fun with the right music…..check out Emmett Otter’s Jug Band doing BBQ written by Paul Williams. BBQ