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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By Tiffany L. Love: A comprehensive music education begins early, in childhood. A music education must consist of not only repertoire knowledge, but theory, composition, history, and people. Professor Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian composer and teacher in the early 1900s, found that young Hungarian children were unaware of how to read and write music fluently, and also unaware of their musical heritage (Chosky, 1999). To know Hungary now, one would not know that this was the case in the 1900s. Hungary lives and breathes music.

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Every Music Teacher should be able to teach using a piano. And I give this method my seal of approval for a few reasons. FIRST, it removes any embarrassment we may have about admitting we need to learn it. You buy it use it on your own without a teacher or a class. SECOND, It is easy to use and you will see an immediate improvement (so will your students). And THIRD, it is of a super high quality and easy to follow. Check it out! There are free videos to demonstrate how effective it is...

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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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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.

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So where is the oddest place to find the Backstreet Boys? How about in a national article on the importance of music education! The Backstreet Boys state that, “Practicing music reinforces teamwork, communication skills, self-discipline, and creativity” (Why Music?). These qualities are all highly sought out in the workplace. Creativity, for example, is, “one of the top-five skills important for success in the workforce,” according to Lichtenberg, Woock, and Wright (Arts Education Partnership 5).Participation in music enhances a student’s creativeness.

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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 the culture of today’s generation is much faster paced than others with the additions to technology and the increases in social activity, music educators must commit with the now-stronger-than-ever sports world (Robinson, 2007). Several newer theories have been implemented to prevent the extinction of the musical classroom from today’s education system.

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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.

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Check out our pair of music education t shirts:

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Here are three great word maps you can use in your music room. They are great for bulletin boards, plus, please feel FREE to use them in ANY of your music program handouts (ie. Parent Teacher Night, Winter Concert, Fundraiser Poster, Recruitment Poster, etc.)

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