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ERIC Number: EJ781797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
The Exuberance of Youth: How Teachers Can Tap into Their Students' Natural Energy and Make It a Positive Force for Learning
Randall, Mac
Teaching Music, v15 n3 p30 Dec 2007
Every school teacher has access to one of the greatest resources in existence; the simple, unfeigned enthusiasm of youngsters. The challenge is how to make constructive use of that enthusiasm. For music teachers, the situation is particularly tricky. Rhythms and melodies, their daily stock in trade, are inherently engaging to most young people, but if teachers place too great an emphasis on the sheer enjoyment of music, it may not result in enough actual learning. Conversely, if they concentrate too much on the basic nuts and bolts of music, they may dampen their students' innate capacity for excitement and lose an opportunity to teach a specific point. When the positive energy of students is running high, teachers can feed off it in ways that can change the character of a classroom. Still, to make the class a true success, that energy should be running both ways. In this article, the author presents some techniques and structural suggestions that can all be helpful for channeling the exuberance of young students.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. P.O. Box 1584, Birmingham, AL 35201. Tel: 800-336-3768; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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