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ERIC Number: EJ877024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Is There Musical Meaning in the Musical?
Kindall-Smith, Marsha
Music Educators Journal, v96 n3 p35-38 2010
The study of music contributes to transmitting cultural heritage, learning self-discipline and teamwork, developing creativity and self-expression, developing multiple intelligences, engaging in problem solving and abstract thinking, and influencing academic achievement. Whether a performance has "musical meaning" at the core of music education depends on the instruction. Instruction that fosters musical independence and imagination enables students to demonstrate their understanding. In constructivist classrooms, a student constructs or reconstructs his own meaning instead of passively receiving knowledge. Students construct their understanding of the meaning of music at different levels. In learning and performing the musical, students achieve group objectives, such as memorizing, blending, balancing, and interacting with lighting, movement, scenery, and the orchestra or the piano accompanist. The individual objectives that should be taught and assessed include performing, creating, moving, or listening to the musical as part of the performance process. The musical could include domain projects, with each student writing and taping self-assessments from the beginning, middle, and end of the production and placing tapes in a portfolio. Each student can relate new knowledge to what is already known, make musical decisions, and develop musical independence. Each performer constructs the deepest understanding by grasping the music and interacting with performers, conductor, and audience. Meaningful learning enables a student to participate in music throughout life as a performer and listener. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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