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Davis, Andy – Teaching Music, 2004
In this article, the author states that, when he teaches instrumental technique to beginners, especially in a general music class, he discovers that most students often do not coordinate their muscles effectively when they start playing a musical instrument. He specifically discusses teaching the students how to play the xylophone and techniques…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Music Techniques, Musical Instruments, Music Education
Rawlins, Robert – Teaching Music, 2004
In this article, the author argues that in many ways, developing instrumental practice techniques is an experiment with a sample of one. Musicians must learn which methods work best for them as individuals. This starts in the earliest stages of learning a musical instrument. Teachers offer suggestions: students discover how others are practicing,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Musicians, Music Education, Musical Instruments
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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
Casey, Amy C. – Teaching Music, 2005
The challenge for educators today is to overcome this barrage of media and technology and find innovative ways to help students learn. But, how can teachers compete for student attention when this is the challenge? How can they improve learning experiences and make them relevant to our students' lives? Integrating technology into the music…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Computer Simulation, Music Teachers, Constructivism (Learning)
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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
Burrack, Frederick – Teaching Music, 2005
In this article, the author asks music educators to imagine their band students being able to identify the melody of a piece as it jumps among sections after playing it just a few times. How about recognizing harmonic modulation, or applying dynamic contrast through understanding of compositional form? While these elements may seem obvious to…
Descriptors: Musicians, Musical Instruments, Music Techniques, Music Teachers
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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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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
Upitis, Rena – 1990
This book focuses on music as a subject relating to all other disciplines. "On the Teaching of Music," the first of 12 chapters, sets the theoretical and philosophical basis for a child-centered, subject-integrated teaching approach through autobiographical narrative. Chapter 2, "A Music Playground," advocates the presentation of materials and…
Descriptors: Creative Expression, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvisation
Serrano, Chris – Teaching Music, 2006
Wind players who become school band directors often struggle with their percussion section. They are not always sure how to deal with the technical aspects of percussion, such as double-stroke rolls or flares. They may also wonder how to get their drummers to stop talking and be ready to play. These questions reveal common concerns among…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Music Education, Music Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Brown, Paul K. – Music Educators Journal, 2005
In the minds of some music teachers, school bands and orchestras are divided into two camps: the talented and the musically challenged. Considering their conventional methods of introducing rudiments to their young percussionists, it's no wonder that some students struggle. Take the snare drum as a classic example. First, the percussionist must…
Descriptors: Musicians, Music Teachers, Music Education, Musical Instruments
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Mixon, Kevin – Music Educators Journal, 2005
MENC has recently, recapitulated its vision of "Music for All" in its strategic plan, which warns that "30 to 50 per cent of new teachers who work in urban areas leave the field in their first three years of service.'' This undoubtedly affects instrumental music instruction for urban children. Collegial sharing is one solution to problems…
Descriptors: Poverty, Program Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Urban Schools
Sternbach, David – Teaching Music, 2004
The quality of students' lives can be greatly enhanced through music, and teachers know that musicians at all levels risk injury when they practice and perform. Overuse injuries are painful, disrupt progress, and can even permanently halt performing careers. Expert treatment can be difficult to find on short notice, especially when an injured…
Descriptors: Prevention, Musicians, Injuries, Music Education
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Heim, Norman M. – Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 1987
Reviews a dissertation which examined the scoring practices for alto, bass, and contrabass clarinets in selected compositions written between 1951-1972. The study identified new practices for scoring low clarinets in wind band compositions. The study is recommended to readers seeking a good understanding of the use of clarinets in these…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Higher Education, Music Education, Music Techniques
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