Elizabeth Rice, Charlotte Hopper
Donald Carey, professor in the University of Montana’s School of Music, describes his personal musical philosophy. He discusses the difference between functional music, such as music sung in the home or at church, with music for art’s sake, such as concerts and professional compositions. Carey shares his concerns that in the 1990s music is being used more for commercial purposes rather than to provide a fulfilling aesthetic experience. He also questions whether music education really benefits society if the majority of grade school students stop trying to play music or sing after graduating high school. He concludes by discussing the inevitability that Western musicians will continue to create new forms and types of music and that musical evolution is not static.
School of Music, University of Montana; Music education; Choir music; Ethnomusicology; Musical traditions; History of music
Missoula Musicians Oral History Project, OH 253, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Carey, Donald, "Donald Carey Interview, October 31, 1990" (1990). Missoula Musicians Oral History Project. 2.