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A music teacher could easily highlight character pillars or character building virtues so that students become aware of their actions. In my own music classroom, I did a small social experiment. My choir displayed exemplary conduct and demonstrated character while in my classroom. Not by accident, I did this by design. But I wanted to see if they exhibited the same virtues outside of my classroom during the rest of the school day. I had a very simple rewards and acknowledgment system based on the above highlighting of the character traits and virtues instilled in my music room. There was no...
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Here are two printable images you can hang up in your music class. They not only inspire but can be used as part of a lesson or even used as the focal pieces for your bulletin board. Shania Twain was one of the first crossover country to pop music superstars. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, her family struggled to get by each day raising her and her four brothers and sisters. Not only did she have several mega-hits, she also won 5 Grammy Awards... so far! Here is one of her best quotes on how she became a superstar: "No dream is...
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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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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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Speaking from experience as a former public school music teacher in Newark, New Jersey, I can say that when it comes to inner-city teaching, or ‘Urban Education’, music teachers are subject to more budget cuts and even greater lack of support than they may have in a suburban or rural school district. I also taught in Asbury Park, New Jersey where I was met with the same difficulties. We need music curriculum to teach music but there was none to be found in either place... Forget trying to find sheet music or textbooks, in both cities I had to find my...
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