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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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Singing lessons in early childhood education have long been utilized by teachers. Not ‘singing lessons’ in terms of learning how to sing, but as a vehicle for teaching and learning a concept. We know that song makes things easier to remember because it connects facts to long-term memory. And that’s also why singing is always a part of early childhood MUSIC lesson plans. But did you know that group singing is therapeutic and makes people happy? It’s actually a proven scientific fact. Here’s a link to the actual study:http://pom.sagepub.com/content/33/3/269.short While the study was done in 2005, it really didn’t become part...
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After 18 years in the music classroom, I have learned something important. Inclusion isn’t just a technique or a tactic; it’s an approach to a roomful of children that treats each one as important as the next. Yes, there are modifications and adaptations that must be made for special needs students, but doesn’t every student deserve to be assessed, have individualized learning goals written for them, and given individualized best-practices instruction to make sure that they understand the material being covered?... As music teachers, we are extremely lucky in this area. We can be the one class in a students’ day...
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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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