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
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:
This entire activity can be a great opening year activity for music class. Start with the overview discussion, share the music and use the video if you wish to expand. This is a wonderful opportunity for music teachers to complete a cross-curricular lesson. And if you add a five minute writing prompt such as ‘my musical choices for the real Labor Day’, it’s meeting all your requirements. TIP: start at the bottom of this page and watch the Smithsonian video on the music of the American Labor Movement which gives the perspective needed to lead the discussion with your music students. Here are talking points to serve as the basis of a discussion regarding the origin of Labor Day.