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Lee, Catherine – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Musicians' ability to refine their physical movements directly affects their ability to communicate musically with an audience. A focus on the body is thus an important element of music instruction. The Feldenkrais Method (FM) is a method of somatic education that focuses on teaching the body to move in new ways and with greater efficiency and…
Descriptors: Musicians, Music Education, Teaching Methods, Human Body
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Torchon, Jeffrey – Music Educators Journal, 2018
One of the most distinctive musical genres that originated in Cuba over the past century is "cha-cha-chá," which is attributed to Enrique Jorrín during the 1950s. The popularity of this music has grown considerably since its genesis, as evidenced by the vast array of repertoire, the multitude of bands performing it, and its prevalence in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Music Education, Dance
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Trinick, Robyn; Pohio, Lesley – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Children have a natural curiosity about sound. This is particularly evident in the context of musical play. The potential of play for music learning may be overshadowed by a teacher-led and performance-focused approach to music education rather than an organic, self-initiated approach. By bringing together the child's natural curiosity about…
Descriptors: Music, Play, Early Childhood Education, Music Education
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Clauhs, Matthew – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Approaches to teaching music notation and instrumental technique have been standardized and codified in the United States with great success in beginning instrumental programs. While these skills are important, we do a disservice to students if we do not equally develop comprehensive musicianship and creative thinking at a young age. Creating…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Musical Instruments
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Laprise, Richard – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Can you think of a research-supported strategy that simultaneously encourages critical and creative thinking; develops knowledge, skills, and affect; promotes meaningful connection with music; and creates lifelong learners? Problem-based learning (PBL) effectively meets and exceeds these criteria by providing an engaging opportunity for students…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Music, Music Education, Thinking Skills
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Dziuk, Stacy – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Selecting excellent literature for a small or unbalanced band can be challenging, especially if the ensemble is ready to perform literature beyond Grade 2.5. This article describes a process for choosing high-quality repertoire for the small band, focusing on high school/college groups. Also examined is how to analyze and alter pieces to fit the…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Music Education, High School Students, College Students
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Soto, Amanda Christina – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Music educators share the responsibility of preparing students to become global citizens by providing equal and fair access to a music education through a socially just music classroom. Music education scholars advocate that instead of trying to define social justice or trying to achieve it in the classroom, educators should ask themselves how…
Descriptors: Music Education, Equal Education, Music Teachers, Social Justice
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Bell, Cindy L. – Music Educators Journal, 2018
This article explores a strategy for engaging ensemble members in critical listening analysis of performances and presents opportunities for improving ensemble sound through rigorous dialogue, reflection, and attentive rehearsing. Critical listening asks ensemble members to draw on individual playing experience and knowledge to describe what they…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Performance, Listening Skills, Communities of Practice
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Weidner, Brian N. – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Musical independence is a common objective for large-ensemble classes, but traditional, teacher-centric instructional practices for these groups may discourage rather than promote students' critical thinking and decision making in music. Cognitive apprenticeship provides an instructional approach through which student musicians can develop skills…
Descriptors: Music, Apprenticeships, Music Education, Musicians
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Laubenthal, Jennifer – Music Educators Journal, 2018
A significant amount of literature exists about how to design and implement an effective assessment process for students in a music program, specifically in the classroom setting. This article suggests a framework for incorporating individualized assessment in the private-lesson setting based on effective classroom assessment practices. Many…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Music Education, Student Evaluation, Music Teachers
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Hanson, Josef – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Although "entrepreneurship" has become a movement in arts career preparation programs, its application for school-based music educators remains unclear. This article suggests that "intrapreneuring"--entrepreneurial practice within large organizations--better encapsulates the balance of innovation and affiliation that teachers…
Descriptors: Music Education, Entrepreneurship, Music Teachers, Teacher Surveys
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Hewitt, Donna – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Children often spontaneously yet purposefully sing songs or create rhythms outside the formal classroom setting to reflect the ways in which they naturally engage with music. Researchers have studied these informal music learning practices to incorporate these experiences into the classroom to offer lessons that are engaging and better reflective…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Elementary School Students, Informal Education
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Southerland, William – Music Educators Journal, 2018
LGBTQ students in many parts of the United States often experience hostility on the part of other students, teachers, and administrators. This article reviews current terminology, examines present-day attitudes and recent literature, and offers suggestions to educators who want to create safe spaces for all students in their classrooms.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Homosexuality
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Kelly-McHale, Jacqueline – Music Educators Journal, 2018
In this column, the author unpacks the history of the song "Jump Jim Crow/Joe" with particular attention paid to the exclusionary practices often found within the categorization of an American folk-music canon. "Jump Jim Crow" is an example of appropriation that makes people invisible. Yet, appropriation can also create bias…
Descriptors: Music Education, Equal Education, Educational Practices, Inclusion
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Pope, David A.; Mick, James P. – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Adjudicated festival ratings can affect developing musicians, ensemble directors, and music programs long after festival performances end. With prior research demonstrating that adjudicators provide an abundance of positive ratings at festivals, this article discusses how ratings--both appropriate and inappropriate--may influence students' musical…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Musicians, Music Teachers
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