Teaching Music Classically: What Does This Mean?

Friday, June 26 | 11:30-12:15pm

Should music instruction in a classical school look different from its counterpart in progressive public schools? The ancients believed that music was an important aspect of a free man’s education. In the Reformation of the sixteenth century, music was specially regarded as a vehicle for Christian formation and was taught accordingly. Music education in American public schools was progressivist from the start, borrowing heavily from methods developed under Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. This session will address historical and present-day models for music instruction, the philosophies that drive them, and offer listeners food for thought about how one might teach music classically today with a firm foundation in content and method.

Scott Gercken

More information Scott Gercken is Kantor of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church & School in Brookfield, Illinois—the only classical Lutheran school in the greater Chicago area—where he serves as organist, choirmaster, K–8 music & 3–5 Latin instructor, and technology coordinator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying piano and horn. He taught band and choir in grades 5–12 in rural Illinois public schools, during which time he developed an interest in classical education and its implications for music instruction. In 2017, Scott earned an MA in Music from Concordia University Chicago, where he completed research on historical Christian music education in classical settings from Boethius through the Lutheran Reformation. Under the auspices of Thomas Korcok, Scott wrote a history of English-language music instruction in the schools of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod with a focus on the rise and decline of the Liederpensum model as a multi-tool for music education and Christian catechesis. Mr. Gercken is pursuing an MA in Religion as a graduate assistant with the Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts at Concordia University Chicago. He resides in Berwyn with his wife, Rebecca, and their six children.soon...