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
These online music trivia games for kids can be assigned as homework, completed in music class or used as part of a technology lab / computer lab class period. All are safe for school and most have links to additional quizzes. But as always, it’s always a good idea to test them yourself before unleashing your music students onto them.
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...
When you need a piano for your music classroom, you can get one. And you can find one free. (More on that in my book available below). Anyway, often times when we hear the word "free" we think that it's a lie. Truth is, finding a free piano isn't like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's like looking for a haystack in a field of haystacks. There are PLENTY of free pianos out there! You just have to find the right one.
The average music curriculum doesn’t address cooperative learning despite the fact music education is almost entirely based on working together to learn and perform as a group. With the rise of music technology classrooms, we are seeing a lower number of peer-to-peer activities. Students are locking into their monitors and primarily working alone. So how do engage students in cooperative learning when trying to use music technology? Turn to piano lessons! In piano lessons, students must learn and practice alone, right? And they have to have the goal of performing alone, on stage, to show just how good their piano lessons were, right? Wrong!
Imagine giving a child that one reason, that single motivation, the admirable courage to go to school each and every day. What happens to attendance Let's take a look at dropout rates. What makes a student want to give up on their education and quit? There is a disconnection from the importance of their education, as it pertains to their individual success, and they become lost in the system. What if every student could somehow feel a connection to their daily classes? If a student has difficulty in academics, and they are nonathletic, and they are not part of a popular group, how can we expect the students to fit in? Music is universal, every student listens to it and every student can participate.
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:
Music Education is included in the draft of the Every Child Achieves Act as a core subject. Since this Act is widely directed at explicitly outlining historically Federalist budgets controlled by each state, it is taking an unprecedented step in showing state lawmakers what needs to be addressed in their education budgets. However, don’t get too excited just yet as music doesn’t appear in the 600 page Bill until page 367 when is says “…use music and the arts as a tool to promote constructive student engagement, problem solving and conflict resolution…”
Sure, students in social studies and history classes learn about politics. The same classes may even delve into parliamentary procedure, political science or the art of debating. But did you know that high school students that are active in music education are more likely to participate in politics, ten years later?
We have finally posted our Music Teaching Guru art pieces online. And we created a storefront as Thistle & Poe. "The husband and wife team that make up Thistle & Poe (Cheryl & Greg) combine their passion for art and music by composing unique, one-of-a-kind "small arts" that everyone can appreciate (and afford :-). They enjoy keeping designs simple and hiding conversation starters around the mixed media pieces linking to favorite books, characters, composers, musicians or lyrics. The art doesn't tell a story, it STARTS a story."