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Chuck Berry, one of the fathers of our art form of Rock & Roll, passed away on March 18th, 2017, during Music In Our Schools Month. Forever going forward, let's remember this pioneer by honoring him in music education. Here are 9 free interactive Smartboard Presentations made by music teachers and music students on the Life of Chuck Berry and his impact on music. They can be viewed online or use them as a free download and present them in class, offline. Three of the music presentations are in different languages: French, Spanish and Norwegian. I've also included some memorable quotes and lyrics...
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In order to accomplish our goal of simplified music education, I model learning through Bloom’s Taxonomy with one great exception. The entire process is inverted. First, the learner must create. It is in that creating that all understanding will originate from during the experiential process. This concept may have been created by Sam Wineberg and Jack Schneider in an Education Week article, “Inverted Bloom’s Taxonomy” (Wineburg & Schneider, 2009), where they called for all of the Bloom’s Taxonomy posters hanging in classrooms to be turned upside down. After I began disseminating this theory of simplified music education it began to spread. Sadly,...
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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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If a program is finding itself without a proper budget, there are some ways to counteract, rise above and fund aspects of the program. The first thing to do is to check the “Facilities Budget” of the school to see what it has been spent on in recent years. This is a line item of the overall budget reserved for expenses that benefit the whole school. For example, a piano to be placed in the school auditorium or on the school stage, can be purchased through a “Facilities Budget”. Other items such as PA systems, stage lights, amplifiers and other performance-based...
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Here is some free sheet music for your string orchestra. It contains three violin parts for your students to play "America" (more popularly known as 'My Country Tis of Thee'). This can be used as a warm-up exercise, as a solo piece or as part of a larger work for string orchestra or symphonic band. To use this as a warm-up, the students should play the piece in G Major, then immediately go into A Major and finish with the Bb Major version. Enjoy! America-My-Country-Tis-of-Thee.pdf...
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