ERIC Number: EJ726877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-1
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Echos from a Teaching Adventure in China
Hamilton, Hilree J.
Teaching Music, v13 n2 p24 Oct 2005
The author shares her experience when she accepted an invitation from Jianhua Lu, a music teacher and a visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota, to spend two weeks teaching teachers in China. While there, she gave presentations at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and at the Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou and Tianshui Normal University, both in central China. The sessions focused on developing rhythmic, melodic, and listening skills, as well as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Dalcroze pedagogical practices. Music selected represented American, Chinese, and other world cultures. She chose a variety of music activities, including songs, singing games, children's literature and poetry, listening selections, movement experiences, and instrumental pieces using body percussion, unpitched percussion instruments, and Orff instruments. People attending the sessions were enthusiastic about the activities, but she wondered whether they would use the materials in their own music education practices. Two weeks in China taught her that teachers there are deeply dedicated to professional development, as are teachers in the United States. This experience also made her realize that less-than-ideal conditions--such as crowded rooms with little to no equipment and language barriers--do not necessarily prevent a rich learning experience. Creativity can occur anywhere, and it's their job as teachers to encourage it.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music Activities, Music Education, Music Teachers, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Musical Instruments, Teacher Workshops, Creativity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: China