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Let's think beyond Rock Band and Guitar Hero, beyond the Playstation and Xbox. There are other ways music teachers can harness the power of video games for their music class. There are a great number of free music games on the internet that you can find with a simple Google search but we found four resources and directories that are wildly popular and proven to help incorporate technology in your lesson plans. 1) Video Games Helping Math and Music Education [Article and Resource]   2) San Francisco Symphony [Online Flash Music Games] 3) Exploring the Relationship Between Music Education and Video Games [Case Study]...
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Every music teacher goes through lots of resources. And let's face it. Resources are scarce. But there are some ways you can give old things a new life which saves money while making you incredibly hip. 1) Vocal Music Teachers: REPERTOIRE BOX: Do you have piles of old sheet music? Don't throw it out! Instead, make a class project. Have students trim away the margins. Then find a discarded cardboard box. Tape it shut and get some glue. Glue the cut up manuscript all over the box at any angle. When dry, cut a slit in the top it. Now you have...
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Vygotsky theorized that a student should be taught based on their potential intelligence instead of teaching to their current intelligence. In the music classroom, students are constantly pushed forward while being given new ideas and concepts to apply to their instrument, their voice or their general music studies. Since this method is embraced in the music classroom, students of music are in the ideal situation to challenge themselves, build character and develop self-confidence. Dr. Ann Brown, an educational psychologist building on Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), bolstered the importance of “student as teacher.” She added that a student should act...
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Renowned developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget, identified high school years of development as the formal operations stage. Through his work which he called Epistemology (a branch of philosophy concerned with human knowledge, its origins in each of us and how that knowledge is developed) he proved that each of the formative years of child’s development plays a unique and crucial part in the way they experience, see and interact with the world around them. The 9th through 12th grades are a difficult time for students which requires of them masterful social skills along with intensive study habits and important life decisions to...
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Music education can create communities within school districts. This is an invaluable fact we should all embrace. But it begins with communities of music teachers working together. Teaching cohorts provide the professional support needed to identify and share best practices while empowering music educators with a feeling of community and security. It’s within these cohorts that teachers can identify needs, address budgeting concerns and band together for change creating an overall more positive experience. Our community provides inspirations for the individual music teacher to defend, advocate and secure their position, all of the information is exponentially more powerful when executed as...
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