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"The general music class is considered by many music educators to be the most challenging area in the profession today. Although not an entirely new concept in education, it has come to represent in the minds of an increasing number of music teachers, as well as general educators, the most direct and effective application of music to the educational program. It has become a custom to think of public school music in terms of performing groups--the so-called "specialties," such as bands, orchestras, and choral ensembles. The present status of school music has been achieved almost exclusively through the success of these organizations, and their importance must not be underrrated. They have a role in education; their future seems assured. Whether they can continue to dominate the entire music curriculum, however, appears doubtful"--Leaf 1.