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ERIC Number: EJ886509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Shaker Oats: Fortifying Musicality
Semmes, Laurie R.
Music Educators Journal, v96 n4 p36-42 2010
In this article, the author describes how an experiment in a class she taught called Minority Musics of North America developed into a surprisingly successful and flexible teaching tool known as "Shaker Oats," created to encourage the concepts of ensemble and community. Most music educators in the United States today are familiar with the idea of playing "found" instruments. "Shaker Oats" is the label for a method the author devised to incorporate this concept in her teaching. The use of "found sounds" is a useful tool of elementary general music teachers. It can be expanded for effective pedagogical use at the middle school, high school, and even college levels. The beauty of the Shaker Oats idea is that it reintroduces the concept of "fun" while demonstrating: (1) the director's belief in and love of the ensemble; (2) the director's love of music; (3) the director's faith in the group's ability to make music; and (4) the students' self-reinforcement of their innate musicality. Shaker Oats fosters a healthy feeling of acceptance of the idea that all people and instruments are equally important, yet each has its own distinctive and valuable personality. It can create an intersupportive culture that fosters healthy relationships between the teacher and the students, as well as among the students in the group. (Contains 3 figures, 11 notes, 10 resources and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America; United States