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Happy Music In Our Schools Month! I saw a brilliant idea posted by Mr. Palmer from Neptune Public Schools in my home state of New Jersey! He had his students write "Today I'm a Band Student, Tomorrow I'm a ______" and the students wrote down what they wanted to be. Here is Mr. Palmer's tweet:  Since it is MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH, we made the below printouts for you to download, print and post on twitter [@MaestroEducator #MIOSM @NAFME]. Let's show the Twitter-verse how important a strong music education program is to building up our students to aspire greatness. (Right...
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Bringing music education theory into practice is often easier than in other subject areas because music isn’t part of the standardized testing movement. Because of this, we can make changes with slightly less effort. I had put together a theory examining the identification of stereotypes in elementary music classrooms and hypothesized on ways of removing them as I put the action research into effect in my classroom. Since the research began with fairly innocuous questionnaires completed by both parents and students, it was a simple implementation. But from the surveys,  I was able to derive anonymous percentages identifying numbers of students...
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If you are a first year music teacher or starting out as the new music teacher in a new school, there are countless pitfalls and traps you can easily avoid. Here are six ways our experts feel you can easily avoid some problems in your music class. 1) Make Your Room Beautiful (Tracy King, Music Teacher): Like it or not, every student and every teacher and every parent will be judging the new music teacher. They'll be drawing their own conclusions based on the looks of your classroom. So even if you are brand new to the music education game, don't...
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The average music curriculum doesn’t address cooperative learning despite the fact music education is almost entirely based on working together to learn and perform as a group. With the rise of music technology classrooms, we are seeing a lower number of peer-to-peer activities. Students are locking into their monitors and primarily working alone. So how do engage students in cooperative learning when trying to use music technology? Turn to piano lessons! In piano lessons, students must learn and practice alone, right? And they have to have the goal of performing alone, on stage, to show just how good their piano lessons were,...
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Here’s the golden question: should funding be diverted to support a successful football program that only serves 60 students in a school of 500 if that funding was earmarked for music education which would serve all 500 students?Over the years, physical education in schools has grown in importance and is now mandated for inclusion within every school system of the United States. Yes, some districts may have those Phys Ed classes once per week or once per day, it makes the class impervious to the cutting of budgets. After generation upon generation of this, schools have identified with their sports teams...
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