Regarding "Pops: From Light to Lite" (June 19), my own experience might help explain why my age group predominates in current audiences.
I went to a middle-class public grade school in the early '60s. From the fourth grade, most of us participated in either the school band or orchestra. If we didn't have an instrument, the school would provide one. We were taught "music appreciation." By sixth grade, we'd sight-read from the large notes on the blackboard, remembering "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" (and that "space" rhymes with F-A-C-E). Shown pictures of instruments, we could classify them as brass, strings, woodwinds or percussion.