From the Trenches: Time to Revise the National Standards

Mike Lawson • Archives • December 11, 2006

The World Wide Web had yet to go mainstream; No eBay, no YouTube, no Amazon, no iPod. Apple was in the computer business, Google was not even a dream. Musical tones were generated from electric boxes with cords and plugs. Desktop music making was more concept than reality. Mashing was for potatoes. Hip Hop was called Rap. A Bush was in the White House (#41) and the battle over inclusion of the arts as a core subject was in full force. No Child Left Behind – not yet. E-mail – just starting to become a business tool. Weblogs, streaming audio, streaming video? Nada. Classroom keyboard labs? Research connecting music and how kids may learn? None of these activities existed.

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