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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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By Vivien L. Li: Parental involvement in a child's musical education is more important than before. Usually, the age when children normally begin learning musical instruments is the age when they need lots of encouragement and approval. Parental involvement can help foster their children's growth and at the same time see rapid results. Read further for the seven key ways you can be involved in your child's progress: 1. Be supportive of their choice of musical instrument. OK, you've never been very fond of loud noise, so it might be a little uncomfortable when your child tells you he wants to...
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In short, it’s a way to outfit your classroom with the supplies you need through crowdsourcing. Intrepid teachers can fund their music programs by joining DonorsChoose.org for FREE. They are a non-profit with the sole concern of funding your classroom. Teachers are able to post a project (starting with a maximum of $800) and pre-select how the money will be spent through the vast array of retailers and educational providers connected through their website. People are able to browse these projects by location, subject or theme and then decide how much they would like to donate. If the project requires $800...
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Posted by on in Ideas in Music Education
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Parents want the best for their children. That’s why the billion dollar industry of private education and professional tutoring has become such a profitable endeavor. But investing money in a child’s education doesn’t guarantee their success nor is such a gamble available to everyone. We know, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The vast majority of people rely on public education to prepare their children for the world. And many parents move to and often find work in surrounding areas of those school districts they feel best educate their children. If this is indeed the case, wouldn’t we, as parents, want...
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A fact that shocked me in my early years as a music teacher in the public schools was that parents wanted to know what was happening in music class. I had been told in school that when parents sit around the dinner table and ask how the school day was, it only concerns ‘core subjects’. One day, a parent came to me and thanked me for the stories their child was sharing every night at dinner about what they heard and discovered in music class. She was happy that someone was able to make her son excited to go to school....
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If you are a general music teacher or the director of your school choir, orchestra or band in the elementary or middle school setting, there is a good chance you have been approached to do a school musical. At this level, we are wall beginners. A first year music teacher with no experience doing school musicals is equal to a veteran music teacher ALSO with no experience doing school musicals. This is empowering and humbling to both types of teachers!

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The most difficult part of tackling the project is that your regular school duties of teaching, rehearsing and performing with your ensembles must continue during the process of putting on the school musical. SO how do you manage the time? Fact is, there is no easy way. For some, it is best as a before school or after school activity. For others, they may be able to squeeze in rehearsal time during the school day. However you find the time, make no mistake, this will be an undertaking...

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Concert Band Directors are music teachers, guidance counselors, administrative secretaries, event planners and fundraisers… all in one glorious position! We never think about that on the first day on the music job bringing the joy of music to the youth in our classrooms who sit quietly and patiently waiting on every word, the perfect models of discipline. No. We learn through surviving storm after storm and learning from our experiences... Each school that is fortunate enough to have a concert band, is making a commitment to having an ongoing band of students performing concerts throughout the year. Does anyone notice that...
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There is a significant amount of attention and pressure begin placed on marching band programs in the wake of several events in the news stemming from both negligence and improprieties. As a music teacher involved in marching band in any capacity, it is our duty to create and maintain a safe environment. To that end, I was trying to find free resources to share with the MusicTeaching.Guru community that would help Marching Band Directors address these concerns... Keep in mind, even if your program is happy and healthy, by sending out a simple anonymous evaluation, it shows that your goal is...
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