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Park, Leo – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Improvisation-based exercises may be the key to unlocking students' innate musical creativities. This article focuses on two exercises--drone improvisation and circle stringing--that can be easily integrated into the orchestra curriculum and adapted to the learning needs of the individual student, small-ensemble, and large-ensemble settings. Of…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Creative Activities, Student Needs
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Ewing, Micah – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Music students, their teachers, composers, and school communities experience deep, long-lasting growth in music-making and artistic perspective when provided with opportunities to engage in the commissioning of new musical works in conjunction with composer residencies. Through consideration of relevant literature and case-study examination, the…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Musical Composition
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Gurgel, Ruth – Music Educators Journal, 2019
The Tanglewood Symposium of 1967 is an event now looked back on as a watershed moment in the field of music education. At the Symposium, societal happenings of the day provided the background for the discussions, including the Civil Rights movement and the explosion of rock'n'roll. At the Symposium, members held important conversations about…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Grade 7
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Payne, Phillip D.; Burrack, Frederick; Parkes, Kelly A.; Wesolowski, Brian – Music Educators Journal, 2019
An effective assessment process can improve student performance, guide instructional decisions, and advocate for a music program. Strategies include designing and administering reliable and valid measures of student learning and using assessments to enhance feedback, longitudinal documentation of assessment results for accountability, and a…
Descriptors: Music Education, Student Evaluation, Documentation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Yi, Gina J. – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Korean folk music has been rarely included in the Western music curriculum due to limited materials for music teachers to use. This article introduces "Ganggangsullae", a prominent Korean folk tradition (called a "folk play" by Koreans) that incorporates singing and dancing, and discusses its historical background and the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Folk Culture, Music Education, Cultural Awareness
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Draper, Amanda R. – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Including democratic principles in a traditional public school general music program can be challenging, but the benefits are significant, including greater student independence and motivation for learning. Democratic practice is both an approach to teaching and an outcome of the experience. It prepares students to be participants in society by…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Middle School Students, Music Education, Democracy
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Shaw, Ryan – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Conversations around changes to music teacher evaluation have publicly played out for the last decade. These discussions largely have focused on discrete aspects of the new accountability systems, including the particulars of observations, measuring student growth in non-tested grades and subjects, the motivation for changes to teacher evaluation,…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Accountability, Educational Methods
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Reifinger, James L., Jr. – Music Educators Journal, 2018
Music education is being explored by researchers as a means of improving hearing acuity for children with hearing loss, particularly those with cochlear implants. Music educators are uniquely positioned to contribute to this important endeavor. This article describes normal and impaired hearing and how music perception is affected for students…
Descriptors: Music Education, Hearing Impairments, Assistive Technology, Hearing (Physiology)
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Getino, Julia; González-Martín, Cristina; Valls, Assumpta – Music Educators Journal, 2018
This article describes a project in which contemporary music is studied and created in primary-school classrooms in the presence of a composer. Listening to and analyzing a composer's works fosters musical creation processes in students, who subsequently present and discuss their works in a meeting with the composer. Finally, the students' works…
Descriptors: Music Education, Elementary School Students, Music Appreciation, Musical Composition
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Trollinger, Valerie L.; Sataloff, Robert T. – Music Educators Journal, 2018
While many music teachers are familiar with strategies to prevent damage due to vocal abuse or misuse, they are generally not acquainted with other vocal problems that can affect their own or their students' singing ability. Such damage can also occur when playing a wind instrument. While vocal abuse and misuse are commonly understood in music…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Musical Instruments
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Varona, Dana Arbaugh – Music Educators Journal, 2018
How can we help music educators who struggle with high levels of occupational stress and burnout? Decades of medical research suggest that mindfulness-based interventions can increase well-being and reduce stress. This article provides an overview of mindfulness practice and a series of mindfulness-based strategies to help music educators manage…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Teacher Burnout, Stress Management, Intervention
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Hedgecoth, David M. – Music Educators Journal, 2018
A unique partnership between public charter schools, a civic chamber orchestra, and university school of music has brought music instruction to middle school students in central Ohio. This collaborative endeavor can serve as a model for charter schools administrators wishing to expand their curricular offerings to include music and other arts…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Partnerships in Education, Music Activities, Universities
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Beach, Pamela; Bolden, Benjamin – Music Educators Journal, 2018
This article presents an approach to music listening that creates spaces for critical literacy, inviting music educators to consider critical literacy practices when listening and responding to music. We begin with a discussion of critical literacy pedagogy in the context of music education followed by a sample flexible lesson plan that uses…
Descriptors: Music Education, Critical Literacy, Guidelines, Listening Skills
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Whitener, John L.; Shu, Feiqun – Music Educators Journal, 2018
This article highlights one music educator's belief that it has become incumbent upon music teachers to expand their knowledge and understanding of global musical practices, traditional instruments, and cultural traditions, and they need to pass this knowledge on to their students. Experiences traveling and attempting to experience the music from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Music Education, Music Teachers
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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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