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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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Orzolek, Douglas C. – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Music educators consider participation to be an important part of learning in their classrooms. And as the era of accountability rages on throughout the field of education, many educators have sought ways to describe the deep engagement that occurs in rehearsals. This article considers the role that the concept of "followership" can play…
Descriptors: Music Education, Critical Thinking, Student Participation, Music Activities
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Howard, Karen – Music Educators Journal, 2020
To avoid cultural appropriation, music educators need to take the time to explore the source culture and approach the traditions of others in a respectful manner so the people and musics studied are neither demeaned nor exploited. Students can be part of this exploration and share what they learn from their research with the class.
Descriptors: Music Education, Cultural Education, Cultural Awareness, Teaching Methods
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Abramo, Joseph Michael; Natale-Abramo, Melissa – Music Educators Journal, 2020
This article examines the concept of gifted and talented and its implications for music education. The authors explore what it means for students to be labeled "gifted and talented" both generally and in music. Next, we look at some of the strengths of gifted and talented education as well as some negative consequences and common…
Descriptors: Music Education, Academically Gifted, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
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Armes, Jocelyn W. – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Repertoire selection is one of the most impactful responsibilities music educators undertake, and the music an educator chooses for students to experience reveals implicit and explicit philosophical values. When ensemble instructors select repertoire, their decisions are often informed by an eclectic mixture of competing practical and aspirational…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Selection, Instructional Design
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Wesolowski, Brian C. – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Validity, reliability, and fairness are three prominent indicators for evaluating the quality of assessment processes. Each of the indicators is most often written about and applied in the context of large-scale assessment. As a result, the technical properties of these indicators make them limited in both their practicality and relevance for…
Descriptors: Music Education, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Student Evaluation
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Lam, Megan – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Music production and muscle movement are so interconnected that to begin the process of creating music, it is essential to consider the physicality behind the auditory perceptions. Playing-related injuries can arise from improper practice and failure to understand the physical movements underlying the music, and students and professional musicians…
Descriptors: Music Education, Psychomotor Skills, Memory, Kinesthetic Perception
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Bugos, Jennifer A. – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Grant writing can be a useful tool for music educators and researchers who seek added funding for resources to facilitate their projects and programs. Since few grant-writing courses are tailored to the needs of music educators, this article provides information on how to identify funding mechanisms, understand grant-writing terminology, draft…
Descriptors: Grantsmanship, Proposal Writing, Music Education, Financial Support
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Watts, Sarah; Eldreth, James; Grant, Timothy; Renne, Julie – Music Educators Journal, 2020
In an age where caring for others may seem like a relic of a bygone era, we all must be reminded of the importance of active caring in the classroom and beyond. This article explores the work of Nel Noddings, an educational scholar at the forefront of caring research, and her four dimensions for bringing active caring into the classroom. Modeling,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Caring, Modeling (Psychology), Teacher Student Relationship
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