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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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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Here is a mind expanding version of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" and read below to see some music classroom tips for it. This is the PERFECT video to share in music class when teaching the middle ages or Renaissance. It's a great blend of old and new.

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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…”

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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?

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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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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."

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New Book COMING SOON!

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Our Blomfield, NJ music studio is accepting new students for the spring semester. (Located next to Brookdale Park). Email Gregory@MusicTeaching.Guru or call (973)954-1424 to schedule a FREE introductory lesson on any instrument or discipline. 

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Music education plays a vital role in the development of every student. But while there are thousands of publications on music benefits, it's difficult to find exactly what you need to defend the importance of music when given the opportunity. So we compiled a resource bundle of music research based PDF's that contain hundreds of facts, quotes, statistics and references all speaking to the vital role music plays in the development of every child in every classroom. It's all completely free, no catch, no email to enter. But PLEASE share this article: send, email, post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, to share our page of resources with anyone who may need them. 

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