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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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.

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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!

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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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Here are some links to stream Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto's No. 1 through No. 5 in your music room. We've also included a link two a two hour "Best of" Rachmaninoff compilation. 

But first, if you Googled this and spelled his name right, take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back. Good job!

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Looking for some quick online piano games for music class? These are safe for classroom use and each page has a bunch of other games on their pages that are definitely worth exploring! These can be used as homework assignments, in class reinforcements or as materials to use during a music technology portion of your program incorporated in either a computer lab or your music room.

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