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ERIC Number: EJ898255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Implement a "Connecting Parents with Learning Project" in Your School
Townsend, Alfred S.
Music Educators Journal, v97 n1 p45-48 Sep 2010
The Connecting Parents with Learning Project (CPLP) is an attempt to involve parents in learning standards-based content along with their children. The CPLP can be especially effective in connecting with parents of different cultures because the children teach the parents. Furthermore, it removes the mystery of what the students are studying by engaging parents and students in cooperative learning and by presenting content in manageable portions. The CPLP is particularly effective if it is based on local and national standards for music learning and if it is integrated with learning in other subject areas. The purposes of the CPLP are to: (1) strengthen parent-student-school relations; (2) increase content knowledge; and (3) improve music listening/performance skills. The CPLP involves parents in learning what their children are studying through the use of teacher-prepared materials. Parents interact with material sent home and are quizzed by their own children on the content. Parents reciprocate by quizzing their children on similar content. Upon completion of the project, parents, students, and the teacher complete surveys that assess the effectiveness of the project and offer suggestions for changes. Performing-group and classroom music teachers at all levels can use this approach to involve parents. As an additional benefit, parent advocacy can also be strengthened if parents are significantly involved with the music program by learning together with their children. In this article, the author discusses how to implement a CPLP in one's school. (Contains 2 notes.)
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