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Heil, Leila – Music Educators Journal, 2017
This article describes a sequential approach to improvisation teaching that can be used with students at various age and ability levels by any educator, regardless of improvisation experience. The 2014 National Core Music Standards include improvisation as a central component in musical learning and promote instructional approaches that are…
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching, Creativity
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Yoo, Hyesoo – Music Educators Journal, 2015
Before our current notation system was widely adopted by musicians, improvisation was a key component of music throughout the Western world. One of the fundamental elements of the baroque style, namely, using improvised embellishment, offered musicians great artist liberty. During the baroque period, improvisation spread across Europe and beyond.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Music Education, Creativity, Music Activities
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Hinckley, June; Barnicle, Stephan – Music Educators Journal, 1997
Presents a series of interesting and creative learning activities designed to enhance students understanding and appreciation of classical music. Although designed to work in conjunction with a CD-ROM, most of the electronic material (music selections, scores, brief biographies) is available in libraries. Learning activities include objectives and…
Descriptors: Classical Music, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Music Activities
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Hinz, Bob – Music Educators Journal, 1995
States that transcribing is notating the performance of a musical composition or improvisation as the music is grasped aurally. Maintains that transcribing is effective for high school and college students who want to understand jazz techniques. Includes eight suggestions for teaching transcribing. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Fair Use (Copyrights), Higher Education, Jazz
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Brophy, Tim – Music Educators Journal, 1994
Asserts that, in an economic environment that threatens music programs, elementary music educators must reexamine their role in schools and work toward creating a program that is considered too necessary to cut. Discusses the history of music education and suggests approaches for keeping the program alive. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational History, Elementary Education, Financial Support
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Brunner, David L. – Music Educators Journal, 1994
Maintains that choral music conductors strive to choose a variety of musical styles, genres, and historical periods. Discusses three types of programming approaches: (1) chronological; (2) thematic; and (3) concept. Includes four tables illustrating selection and pacing of choral music during a concert. (CFR)
Descriptors: Choral Music, Concerts, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Whitaker, Nancy – Music Educators Journal, 1994
Maintains that the whole-language approach to reading and writing presents another challenge to music teachers who are asked to create complementary instruction as part of an integrated curriculum. Discusses three commonly agreed-on characteristics and areas of disagreement among those who advocate the whole-language approach. (CFR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Individual Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ely, Mark C. – Music Educators Journal, 1993
Discusses the characteristics of a good vibrato in musical performance. Reviews four types of vibrato used by woodwind performers: (1) diaphragmatic/abdominal vibrato; (2) jaw vibrato; (3) throat vibrato; and (4) lip vibrato. Includes two charts with suggestions for teaching diaphragmatic vibrato and jaw vibrato. (CFR)
Descriptors: Bands (Music), Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Instruction
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Ulrich, Jerry – Music Educators Journal, 1993
Asserts that the quality of any musical performance is a direct result of what happens in rehearsals. Argues that the primary responsibility for planning and implementing successful rehearsal sessions falls to the conductor. Describes a six-step approach for rehearsals, which should begin at least six months prior to the performance date. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Concerts
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Corbin, Lynn A. – Music Educators Journal, 1995
Maintains that instilling in a choral ensemble the desire to sing well is a primary goal of a choral director. Provides suggestions for changing established student attitudes and overcoming mediocrity. Makes suggestions for effective choral presentations. (CFR)
Descriptors: Choral Music, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Wignes, Glenys – Music Educators Journal, 1995
Asserts that educators will enjoy teaching more and students will enjoy learning if teachers are more selective in their words and expressions. Discusses positive verbal expressions and classroom techniques designed to enhance student self-concept. Presents suggestions for dealing with disruptions and problem students. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Robinson, Mitchell – Music Educators Journal, 1995
Maintains that issues of student assessment and grading are of particular concern to music teachers. Discusses and describes performance-based and alternative assessment techniques. Recommends the use of portfolios to determine student grades. (CFR)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Behavioral Objectives, Classroom Techniques, Competency Based Education
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Bartholomew, Douglas – Music Educators Journal, 1993
Discusses positive verbal feedback, or praise, from teachers to students. Presents four purposes for praising students: (1) recognition; (2) encouragement; (3) description; and (4) evaluation. Provides a chart listing criteria for assessing verbal evaluations and a six-item list of suggested readings. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Music Education, Music Teachers
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Eastlund, Joyce O.; And Others – Music Educators Journal, 1992
Describes efforts by four music teachers to combine music education students and music teachers as partners. Discusses motivation of music students and mainstreaming special education students in music education. Suggests specific methods for encouraging cooperation between music educators at the college level and music teachers. (CFR)
Descriptors: Bands (Music), Clinical Supervision (of Teachers), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Brunner, David L. – Music Educators Journal, 1992
Provides tips for choral directors to use in selecting repertoire for school ensembles. Explains that the first step in choosing repertoire must be a systematic assessment of the singers, the director, and the program's objectives. Suggests that each composition must be appraised for musical content, teaching value, and aesthetic appeal. (DK)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Choral Music, Evaluation Criteria, Music Education
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