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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Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Their research is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Louis Armstrong is one of those great musicians who are not only brilliant musical but also serve as a great role model. In music education, we don't often have the opportunity to focus on performers but when we do, Louis is someone to consider. I enjoy teaching my private students about him and his work through audio, video and printable worksheets. When I work with teachers, sometimes we just need a little reminder about who he is an how readily available these resources are through any device. Here are some great music education resources (free downloads and ideal products) about Louis Armstrong:

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Print it out and post it. Here's a great (and subtle) Harry Potter music education printable. You can quietly add a little Hogwarts to your music room or add a little inside joke with you music students on the old bulletin board. For the record, this Potter quote is from Hogwart's Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore is know for some amazing quotes throughout the series, this is my favorite: "Ah, music, a magic beyond all we do here!" ALSO, see the "Expecto Patronum" at the top if the poster? Well it's a spell from J.K. Rowling which means to 'make your innermost joy and happiness come to life to bring you strength'. Quite fitting for us muggles.

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This free journey goes from the 1100's today and is inteded for Music Teachers to share with their students (works great on a Smart Board!). It includes audio samples and an AMAZING music video with the Pentatonix. It's perfect for a fun overview of the history of music. If you DO have a SmartBoard, then make sure your speakers are on because you can start it right now and simply navigate forward and backward. All audio and video samples start automatically as your presentation navigates itself in what looks like 3D. If you don't have a Smart Board in your music room, don't worry. You can use this presentation (via the same link that's below) to guide your students through a computer lab session.

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