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Randles, Clint – General Music Today, 2013
This column offers the personal reflections of the author on being a member of the band Touch, an iPad performing ensemble composed of music education faculty members and doctoral students at the University of South Florida. The ensemble primarily performed its own arrangements of popular music selections from a number of genres including, but not…
Descriptors: Music Education, Popular Culture, Handheld Devices, Technology Integration
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Marshall, Herbert D. – General Music Today, 2006
The article offers tips on introducing percussion activities in elementary music class. Percussion equipment should be treated as musical instruments and not toys, teaching correct names, playing techniques and notation for the instruments. Active listening experiences for students should be planned, including band music. Band music incorporates…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Listening Skills, Teaching Methods, Music Education
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Culp, Mara E. – General Music Today, 2016
Positive self-esteem helps students succeed in and outside of music classrooms. High self-esteem is associated with a positive self-image and fine musicianship. Conversely, low self-esteem is associated with a negative self-image and poorer musicianship. Because students' self-esteem may affect their participation in music classes, the music…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Music Education, Music, Singing
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Peterson, Hal – General Music Today, 2006
This article presents technology tips and ideas for music educators. To keep current with music technology, you will need to spend time with it regularly, just like you would practice a musical instrument or voice. Basic office software programs can help you with administrative tasks and duties. Your computers are important tools for your program,…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Music Activities, Educational Technology, Computer Software
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Howard, Karen – General Music Today, 2019
Folkloric music and dance in Bulgaria are performed as has been for generations, but also present are innovative hybrids in text, form, and instrumentation. Historically, traditional musical activities were divided by gender with singing a priority for women and playing instruments for men. This has been rapidly changing as in so many countries,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Dance Education, Folk Culture, Cultural Influences
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Edmund, David C.; Keller, Elliott C. – General Music Today, 2020
Improvisation is a fundamental aspect of musicianship and an important pursuit in music education. Children in music classes throughout the world are engaged with improvisation in a variety of modes and settings. Whether singing, physically moving, or playing an instrument, the act of improvising in front of others may raise one's…
Descriptors: Music Education, Creative Activities, Fear, Anxiety
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Martin, Jeffrey – General Music Today, 2012
Instrumental performance that approximates real-world models is one way in which a general music curriculum can encourage high levels of engagement and potential for lifelong musical activity. Although guitars, keyboards, and various folk instruments are useful for this purpose, orchestral instruments can also provide significant solo and ensemble…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Learning Experience, Musical Instruments
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Bartolome, Sarah J. – General Music Today, 2011
This article explores issues of authenticity related to adapting world music examples for classroom instruments and suggests ways to engage students in active, participatory music-making activities derived from diverse musical cultures. Several lesson plan segments are provided to aid general music specialists in implementing "play along"…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Student Participation, Cultural Awareness
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Taylor, Donald M. – General Music Today, 2012
Playing Orff instruments provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to explore creative musicianship. This article examines the benefits of classroom instrument study, common challenges encountered, and viable teaching strategies to promote student success. The ability to remove notes from barred instruments makes note accuracy more…
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers
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Mason, Nicola F. – General Music Today, 2014
Multicultural curricula that explore African musics often focus on the commonalities among its musical traditions. Exploring the diversity of individual African musical traditions provides a pathway to the multiplicity of sounds, cultures, beliefs, and uses inherent within African and all multicultural musics. Deeper insights into the diversity of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Music Education, Multicultural Education
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Carlisle, Katie – General Music Today, 2014
This article argues that "The Eclectic Curriculum in American Music Education" warrants consideration within current elementary general music education contexts. One way to consider this foundational text is in terms of how technology can serve as a tool for enriching instructional approaches. While handheld technology use within these…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Technology Integration, Instructional Design
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Smith, Nancy Thompson – General Music Today, 2014
Implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) reduces the traditional separation between the study of different subjects. Increased focus on nonfiction reading and writing means more incorporation of other content, such as music, into language arts classes. CCSS's emphasis on speaking and writing across…
Descriptors: State Standards, Alignment (Education), Music, Music Education
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Cardany, Audrey Berger – General Music Today, 2012
Dayle Ann Dodds and Rosanne Litzinger's children's book, "Sing, Sophie!" provides the elementary general music teacher with an opportunity to read a captivating children's story, sing the main character's song and play her guitar, and create a song as well as instrumental music. Lessons outlined in this article may culminate in a veritable musical…
Descriptors: Music Education, Singing, Music Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Thomas, Amy E. – General Music Today, 2008
This article suggests ways early childhood music educators can help parents bring more meaningful music activities into their homes. Suggestions are based on survey results from 50 parents with young children at home. The survey investigated the relationship among parents' perceived musical ability, the amount of time they spent in musical…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Music Activities, Musicians
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Frederickson, Karen – General Music Today, 1999
Urges music educators to use activity-based instruction as opposed to more traditional methods. Provides two lesson plans for middle school students where they learn about musical instruments in an integrated science and music environment that promotes concept formation and the exploration of the role of culture in music-making. (CMK)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Conventional Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Experiential Learning
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