Cello There: The Funny Side of Music Education

Music Education has a whimsical side to it. Music teachers and student musicians get to see the funny in class and rehearsals. Cello There takes all of this and puts it in one place where we can see a new set of Music Education Funnies every weekday by Gregory Pavliv and MusicTeachingGuru.com

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I've been teaching music for over 15 years as a public school music teacher and as an owner of a private lesson studio. When I needed a piano for my music room in my first music teaching job, I put together an action plan. And it worked! Here is an excerpt from the book...

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I am super excited to announce that my “Music Teacher’s Guide to Finding a Free Piano” will be available on November 7th on Kindle via Amazon.com! We don’t realize how many free pianos are out there just waiting to find a good home (or a good school). Pianos are typically made so incredibly well that they are virtually timeless. A single piano can be passed on for three or four generations. (And I know this from experience.)

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While a history or social studies class could focus on a the impact of a people or a culture, only the most experienced of educators can parlay this into a cooperative learning moment where students can explore cultures other than their own. And even in those circumstances, it would require a lot of planning and coordination with resources that may not be available (though I truly hope it is being done).

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There are indelible cultural links that run deeply in urban communities that transcend faith, geography, and circumstance which are all explicitly linked to music. When I was teaching inner-city schools in New Jersey, every class had students with several different races and nationalities. I decided to create an informal case study, tracking the progress of my classes as they guide me through the cultures of the school. Over the period of about one month I asked students, parents, aides and teachers, what type of music they listened to on a regular basis. I was humbled.

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What follows is an experiment for you to complete that can give some perspective about the importance of music education.One of the many benefits of physical education is the aspect of cooperative learning. This is when students learn together, in groups, while fostering peer-to-peer relationships. More experienced students help less experienced students and teams work together to achieve common goals in the different learning scenarios. In sports, this is accepted as one of the great defenses for its importance. People proudly talk about their sports experiences on different teams they played for whether for a middle school Basketball team or an NCAA football team.

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So we thought, “wouldn’t it be great if we could create an online teacher portfolio platform for music teachers?” As it turns out, there are hundreds of services like that online. So we partnered with one and now include it on all Certified Guru and Monthly Member plans. It’s fully customizable and serves two cool functions: (1) a fully secure social networking page and  (2) a place to post videos, documents and pictures.

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Click on the infographic to download it. Please let us know what you think. We had a blast compiling stats and the results of our survey to create it for you.

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5. Power in numbers: There are over a quarter million music teachers in the United States, alone. And each of us work on our individual islands or an island that has a few teachers from our school district. Imagine what we could accomplish if we shared ideas and helped each other refine our craft. We have  dedicated area on our website for certified members to have that discussion.

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