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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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Singletary, Laura; VanWeelden, Kimberly; Davis, Virginia Wayman – General Music Today, 2020
In the third segment of the series, we explore general music behaviors and techniques that may be incorporated into the secondary performing ensemble in order to provide enrichment and depth to performance-focused instruction. Using research-based evidence and ensemble experience in both the choral and instrumental settings, we will discuss…
Descriptors: Music Education, Performance, Singing, Musical Instruments
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Varner, Edward – General Music Today, 2020
The purpose of this article is to highlight the relationship between general music and social and emotional learning. Social and emotional learning involves a set of social, emotional, behavioral, and character competencies that are essential to success in school, in the workplace, within relationships, in the community, and in life. Music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Social Development, Emotional Development, Student Behavior
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Vasil, Martina – General Music Today, 2020
Recent changes in educational policy have placed 21st-century skills at the forefront of arts education, presenting arts educators with an opportunity to reassess instructional practices. Popular music pedagogies are approaches to learning and practicing popular music that may be useful for addressing 21st-century skills and knowledge in arts…
Descriptors: 21st Century Skills, Music, Music Education, Teaching Methods
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Howard, Karen – General Music Today, 2020
Music in Japan is richly varied and includes documented genres dating back more than 1000 years. From classical court music known as "gagaku," to the dramatic music plays in "kabuki," to contemporary J-pop (subgenre of popular music), educators can find a sound to suit every instructional need. The focus here will be on…
Descriptors: Music, Asian Culture, Music Education, Foreign Countries
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Draper, Ellary A. – General Music Today, 2020
Since the original passing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, students with disabilities are required to have services that are individualized to meet their needs as documented in their Individual Education Program, or IEP. These documents can often be long and determining the implications for students in music classrooms…
Descriptors: Music Education, Students with Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs, Teaching Methods
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Hatch, Emily – General Music Today, 2020
National Core Arts Standards require students to use feedback from peers to refine both their performances and their compositions in the artistic processes of Create and Perform. When asked to give feedback to a peer, many students stop at comments like "It sounds good," and do not naturally give specific, meaningful feedback. Therefore,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes
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Yoo, Hyesoo; Kang, Sangmi; Leal, Camilo I.; Chokera, Abbey – General Music Today, 2020
As the U.S. population has become significantly more culturally diverse, many music educators have acknowledged the necessity to implement culturally diverse musics in music curricula. One of the challenges in teaching culturally diverse musics is designing a balance between performing-based activities and other activities such as listening,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Cultural Pluralism, Music, Barriers
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Ng, Hoon Hong – General Music Today, 2020
A mode is a socially and culturally shaped resource for making meaning. Examples of modes include written and oral language, visuals, audio, and gestures. In music learning, multiple modes may be used to help students develop greater musical understanding and achievement. This article details the three steps utilized in Project Stomp, a systematic…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Music Education, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods
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Liu, Chiao-Wei – General Music Today, 2020
Cultural diversity is not a new concept in the field of music education. Yet minoritized groups continue to face systematic discrimination. Given the shifting cultural realities, how we as music teachers move beyond recognizing diversity but sustain the various cultural and linguistic ways of being of our students becomes a crucial question. I…
Descriptors: Music Education, Cultural Maintenance, Cultural Pluralism, Minority Groups
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Reifinger, James L., Jr. – General Music Today, 2020
The teaching of music-reading skills has been cited as a neglected area of music education needing improvement. Music reading is the process of translating notation into sounds. Producing the notated sounds by singing, more specifically referred to as sight-singing, is especially demanding because it requires the individual to first mentally…
Descriptors: Music Reading, Music Education, Educational Improvement, Acoustics
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Weimer, Kristina R. – General Music Today, 2019
The purpose of this article is to provide strategies for music teacher mentors and mentees to use to proactively develop and strengthen their relationships--whether they are assigned by an administrator or begin organically--to enhance the overall mentoring experience, making it mutually beneficial for mentor and mentee. Strategies include using…
Descriptors: Mentors, Music Teachers, Music Education, Interpersonal Relationship
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Mellizo, Jennifer M. – General Music Today, 2019
Over the past several decades, music education scholars have put forth a variety of convincing rationales for world music education. Yet the gap between theory and practice in this area persists. In theoretical ways, practicing music educators acknowledge the value of world music learning experiences, but many remain reluctant to fully embrace and…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Draper, Ellary A. – General Music Today, 2019
For many years, students with disabilities were educated in separate facilities on separate campuses from their same aged peers. With the original passing of what we now call the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, these students were, and still are, required to be educated in the least restricted environment. Students with disabilities…
Descriptors: Music Education, Disabilities, Inclusion, Teacher Collaboration
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Varner, Edward – General Music Today, 2019
Many educators and parents remain unaware of the value of music and the arts beyond obvious, natural entertainment contexts and find it easy to devalue music and arts programing. This article presents a concise review of significant research that demonstrates strong correlations between the study of music and arts as academic disciplines that…
Descriptors: Music Education, Correlation, Academic Achievement, Social Development
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