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One of my favorite capabilities of music is it’s power to transport you to a certain time and place. Do you ever listen to a song and you are immediately reminded of where you were and what you were doing while it was playing? Over the years you develop your very own soundtrack to your life. To this day, when I hear Sublime’s “What I Got,” I am taken back to my first car……a teal ’92 Hyndaui S’coupe that shot smoke out the back every time I turned the key in the ignition.  I can still smell it, still feel the...
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Teaching guitar is a rewarding way to reach many students and teach music.  The guitar is a cool instrument that can be used in every style of music and kids know this and want to learn! Teaching guitar is a great way to engage students that wouldn’t normally participate in traditional music ensembles and fosters true lifelong music making! According to veteran guitar educator Glen McCarthy, “in general the students that sign up for guitar are not taking away from Band, Orchestra, and Chorus.” Additionally, teaching guitar can lead to exciting ensemble experiences as well and we want to look at...
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Posted by on in Ideas in Music Education
Singing is one of the most personal musical experiences that a person can have. Not only does it involve the direct production of sound using the body, but it also involves the expression of one’s emotions through words. Consequently, many avoid singing because of the vulnerability it makes them experience. As an experienced music teacher of adolescents, I seldom ask students to sing anymore... I've learned from experience that the word "singing" is a great source of anxiety for their age group. Many have confessed that the act of singing in front of their peers makes them feel embarrassed, self-conscious, and prone...
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Posted by on in Music Education Research
Music… a five-line graph of dots, rests and bars wherein these same seemingly haphazardly placed but universally understood graphics translate to the sounds of our souls. Pythagoras himself (late 500s BCE) lectured on his found Octave. Mathematicians and Musicians have been in a symbiotic state of mind since the dawn of thought. That said, the most recent catchphrase for the emphasis on the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is STEM. Its purpose, to direct the education of our students to excel and be competitive intellectually on a global level... But where is the elusive other 'M'? The 'M' that is...
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