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Orzolek, Douglas C. – Music Educators Journal, 2021
This article offers the thoughts and comments of ensemble students performing music composed by women, African Americans, LGBTQ+ persons, and those who are minoritized in their own countries or regions. The student reflections suggest the potential roles music education might play in helping students reflect on issues of diversity, equity, and…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Musical Composition, Minority Groups
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Critchfield, Jared B., II – Music Educators Journal, 2021
Most music teachers desire to positively influence the development of their students' character; however, the practicalities of doing so have been understudied in music education. This article draws on research from the related field of sports education and presents possible strategies for developing strong character in music students. Cultivating…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Activities, Personality Traits, Educational Strategies
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Hess, Juliet – Music Educators Journal, 2021
In this article, I propose some ways that music educators might become anti-racist. I explore the ways that Whiteness manifests in music education and subsequently examine actions we might take to resist this Whiteness. Ultimately, I suggest anti-racism as a way forward for music education. I delineate some of the ways that Whiteness operates in…
Descriptors: Music Education, Racial Bias, Music Teachers, Whites
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Rotjan, Matthew – Music Educators Journal, 2021
When music educators discuss repertoire, they often discuss "what" pieces to perform and "when" in the year to perform them. In this article, I ask, "Who should choose the music for ensemble study, and "how" should it be chosen?" I share a rationale for why music educators might include students in ensemble…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Music Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Martin, Lisa D. – Music Educators Journal, 2021
Classroom management is commonly understood as the structures and procedures that establish and reinforce a productive learning environment. However, traditional conceptualizations of classroom management are rife with culturally embedded norms, assumptions, power structures, and other roadblocks to a healthy classroom environment for all…
Descriptors: Music Education, Classroom Techniques, Power Structure, Classroom Environment
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Broomhead, Paul – Music Educators Journal, 2021
The purpose of this article is to articulate clear definitions of music literacy and text, explain what impact they may have on music education generally, and describe their application to day-to-day teaching. The broadened definitions are intended to unite music professionals' understanding of music literacy and help them more clearly approach…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Literacy, Definitions
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Clauhs, Matthew – Music Educators Journal, 2021
Recognizing that music teachers may struggle to implement songwriting activities in a classroom, and that iconic notation provides an opportunity to increase access to school music for all students, the purpose of this article is to share one model of songwriting activities in a music technology class using chord diagrams, beat grids, and keyboard…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Techniques, Music Activities, Musical Instruments
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Grey, Alyssa – Music Educators Journal, 2021
In the past six years, more than 40,000 students have failed the AP Music Theory Exam. Students have struggled especially when sight-singing or taking melodic dictation in compound meter and minor tonality. Research has shown that students can improve these specific aural skills through learning pitch and rhythm patterns, improvisation activities,…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Advanced Placement, Music Theory, Tests
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Cayari, Christopher – Music Educators Journal, 2021
A virtual ensemble is a digital musical product that uses multiple recordings edited together to form a musical ensemble. Creating virtual ensembles can be a way for music educators to engage students through online music-making. This article presents eight steps for creating virtual ensembles in music education courses and classrooms. The steps…
Descriptors: Music Education, Distance Education, Music Activities, Video Technology
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Goh, Wilson; Tan, Leonard; Xing Sin, Hui – Music Educators Journal, 2021
Nearly fifty years ago, Timothy Gallwey published "The Inner Game of Tennis," which left an indelible mark on sports psychology; subsequently, Barry Green used similar principles to author "The Inner Game of Music." As far as can be determined, there lacks a concise guide that translates key insights from sports and music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Activities, Psychology, Music
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Kao, John – Music Educators Journal, 2021
Music, one of civil society's most important cultural treasures, is undergoing radical, inevitable transformation, especially in places like the United States. A tidal wave of new technology enables a new toolbox for music learning. This is an era of digital music streaming, online experiences, and intelligent instruments that also shape new…
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Music, Information Technology
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Sanchez Adorno, Sandra – Music Educators Journal, 2021
The more critically one reflects on their teaching, the more conscious they becomes of the whys and hows associated with an experience. However, reflection and critical analysis are no easy feats. The structure provided by reflective frameworks can offer music educators guidance in understanding reflection, evaluating reflective thinking, and…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Reflective Teaching, Metacognition
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Schmidt, Casey – Music Educators Journal, 2021
This article suggests pathways for supporting habits of creativity and the development of creative mindsets in performance-ensemble learning spaces. The Wallas model of creative thought is used to frame the concept of creative musical mindsets. The author reflects on the assumptions and principles outlined in the stages of this influential model…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Activities, Creativity, Skill Development
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Yackley, Aaron – Music Educators Journal, 2021
Shifting school schedules, small class sizes, and unpredictable instrumentation resulting from the global pandemic necessitated a creative approach to teaching ensemble music classes this year. In response to that challenge, I constructed a curriculum for developing independent musicianship through chamber music. Part independence,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Curriculum Development, Musicians, Music Activities
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Clauhs, Matthew; Powell, Bryan – Music Educators Journal, 2021
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards released standards for music education in 2014. These standards are guided by artistic processes and measured by performance standards specific to content areas and grade levels. As school districts in the United States adopt the Core Arts Standards for their music programs, it is imperative that…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Academic Standards, Music Teachers
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