NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ915467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
How Music Teachers Got Their Groove Back: Music Instruction Goes Digital
Demski, Jennifer
T.H.E. Journal, v37 n9 p26-28, 30-31 Oct 2010
Faced with meager enrollment in band, orchestra, and choir programs, schools are using digital technology to excite students about creating music on today's terms. Carol Broos, who teaches music at Sunset Ridge School in Northfield, IL, is on a mission. She is determined to appeal to the estimated 80 percent of students who do not enroll in traditional school music programs--band, orchestra, and choir. She wants to change music education from a performing art to a creating art. Broos recognizes that the only to do that is by doing nothing short of reinventing her profession, which means acknowledging and incorporating the way students interact with music today--digitally. Fortunately, hers is not a solo mission. There are other music teachers like Bill Evans at Sherwood High School, Sandy Spring, Maryland and Barbara Freedman at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. Freedman says "Technology allows us the opportunity to teach students with very little musical background by having them create music and compose music. It allows us to take them through the process of understanding music and what goes into creating music--things that students would typically learn in a performance class--like harmony, melody, and rhythm. It's applied learning. They apply themselves to the practice by actually composing."
1105 Media, Inc. Available from: T.H.E. Journal Magazine. P.O. Box 2170, Skokie, IL 60076. Tel: 866-293-3194; Tel: 866-886-3036; Fax: 847-763-9564; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland