David Maraniss points to one of the critical components of Motown in the the early 60s. Not only was there a vibrant jazz and blues community, not only were the sounds available on the radio, not only did the performers live in close proximity (a key component of growth, our urban theorists will tell us), there were the schools.
“But connecting these was the least appreciated and perhaps most important factor of all: the music teachers and programs in Detroit public schools.”
p. 100, Once in a Great City.
Our schools build our tomorrows.