even if we legally may, should i teach these copyrighted songs?

if i do, can they perform them for their friends? can they record them? can they pass on their knowledge?

the educator might argue a fair dealing/use exception, but i don't want to chain a student with legal obligations to a record company either.

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of course i want to "meet students where they are" by including contemporary pop in my piano teaching, but i don't think we should just ignore the ethical and legal implications of teaching music which is still under (restrictive) copyright.

am i in violation of copyright if i play a daft punk song for my students?

what if i don't play it, but transcribe it for them?

what if i don't write it down, but tell them exactly which keys to press??

In all, AP has been lifted to a place so sacred that instead of training for it, people who struggle with identifying pitches without reference are told to give up before they have begun to practice.


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Western zeal for [absolute pitch] has given rise to what I call a Godification complex,” which has idolized rather than popularized this skill. The attitude towards AP is so glorified among Westerners that AP is colloquially known as “perfect pitch.” The American interviewees, some of whom had AP themselves, spoke of AP as a “gift,” a mark of “talent,” an act occurring “without effort” and “as though by magic.”


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