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Peretz, Marc H. – Music Educators Journal, 1988
States that well-planned, efficient music rehearsals are essential in achieving educational goals. Outlines five steps for planning rehearsals; explains how to use warm-ups effectively; and discusses how to tune musical instruments more efficiently. (BSR)
Descriptors: Bands (Music), Choral Music, Educational Objectives, Higher Education
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Howard, Roy E. – Music Educators Journal, 1985
Care of musical instruments should be a part of every student's music education. What students should know about caring for pianos is discussed. The main parts of the piano--the cabinet, the mechanical part, the musical part, and the structure--are discussed. Tuning and pitch raise are also discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Maintenance
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Kendall, John – Music Educators Journal, 1986
Suzuki believed that all human beings are endowed with remarkable musical ability and can learn to play musical instruments in the same way they learn to speak. The Suzuki method of teaching music and its evolution in the United States are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Educational Theories
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Volz, Micah D. – Music Educators Journal, 2005
Improvisation can be difficult to teach in any music classroom, but it can be particularly problematic in large ensembles like band, chorus, or orchestra. John Kratus proposes seven levels of improvisation, with exploration as the first step in the development of improvisation skills. Through experiences in making sounds, children begin to develop…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Music Techniques, Music Education, Teaching Methods
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Spaeth, Jeanne – Music Educators Journal, 1999
Presents an interview with the flutist, James Galway, in which he discusses issues such as the musical culture of Ireland, his technical mastery as a musician, and the importance of music education in the lives of young people. (CMK)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Walczyk, Eugenia Bulawa – Music Educators Journal, 1991
Recommends adding electronic keyboard to vocally based music curricula for elementary students. Argues that the keyboard provides a graphic representation for musical understanding. Suggests teaching keyboard in small, manageable, hierarchically structured steps. Offers suggestions from finger placement and creating sound effects in first grade to…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
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Grumley, Fred – Music Educators Journal, 1983
Orff mallet instruments should be used in beginning band classes. Adding mallet instruments would expand a beginner's concept of percussion instruments. Just as important, the percussion section would provide a solid melodic and harmonic foundation to assist beginning wind instrumentalists with their insecurities about pitch. (RM)
Descriptors: Bands (Music), Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Music Education
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Williams, David A. – Music Educators Journal, 2007
Paul Lehrman mentioned in Mix Magazine that school music programs, which traditionally have given students the precious opportunity to hear what real instruments sound like from both player's and listener's perspective, are in the toilet. Some within the profession have voiced similar concerns. K-12 music teachers have historically have had very…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Activities, Learning Activities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Faulmann, Jo – Music Educators Journal, 1980
The author examines Maria Montessori's philosophy and methods of music education for children, with its emphasis on sensory, manipulative materials and instruments designed specifically for the young child. (KC)
Descriptors: Biographies, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Theories
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Muro, Don – Music Educators Journal, 1980
The author states that in a melody/harmony/rhythm sense, improvising on a synthesizer is no different from improvising on any other instrument. The capabilities of synthesizers are described, and exercises and methods to be used with synthesizers are outlined. (KC)
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Techniques, Music Theory
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Miller, Samuel D. – Music Educators Journal, 1988
Provides an overview of the evolution and instructional use of pianos, from their first development and use in homes to their nearly universal presence in the music classroom. Notes the strengths and weaknesses of the piano as an instrument for music instruction and concludes with recommendations for improved use. (JDH)
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Music Education
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Matteson, Rich – Music Educators Journal, 1980
The author suggests that the greatest barrier confronting a beginning improvisational jazz instrumentalist is fear. He suggests ways of eliminating this fear, beginning with specific suggestions for training the ear with vocal exercises, followed by specific suggestions for learning on instruments. (KC)
Descriptors: Applied Music, Educational Resources, Higher Education, Jazz
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Merrion, Margaret Dee; And Others – Music Educators Journal, 1981
In separate articles three authors discuss (1) the beneficial "normalizing effect" of mainstreaming for handicapped students; (2) how to help the nonreader in music class; and (3) what a research study has shown about wind instrument instruction for educable mentally handicapped (EMH) students. (SJL)
Descriptors: Achievement, Applied Music, Junior High Schools, Mainstreaming
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Music Educators Journal, 1979
Seven string educators respond to questions about repertoire sources for novice players, the teaching of improvisation, weaknesses in current instructional materials, ensemble size, the integration of Suzuki's methods into traditional programs, the problems of a violinist teaching other instruments, and coordination of school and other youth…
Descriptors: Applied Music, Elementary Secondary Education, Homogeneous Grouping, Instructional Materials
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Lesniak, Melissa – Music Educators Journal, 2013
Melissa Lesniak, the executive director of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, discusses how much she enjoyed reading the responses to her "El Sistema" article and appreciates the opportunity for healthy dialogue and debate. In response, she states that there are many common goals and objectives across all music education programs that can…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Musical Instruments, Musicians
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