Bach By Deaf Kids? Is It Art?

Is trying to teach deaf kids to sing Bach cruel? Or is it inspiring? A new video documenting the exercise raises questions about artistic impulse. “The video first shows us the deaf students learning to sing, under the guidance of an enthusiastic young music teacher. Not surprisingly, the result comes close to pure cacophony. It’s likely to provoke a grimace from music lovers. It’s also likely to pain anyone with even a hint of political correctness.”