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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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Jacobi, Bonnie Schaffhauser – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Sufficient space is integral to high-quality music instruction, but what makes our space "sufficient"? This article provides historical and theoretical background about the role of space in learning and the use of movement as a tool for learning music. When their input is sought, children order space as a high priority within a school…
Descriptors: Child Development, Music Education, Educational History, Aesthetics
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Shevock, Daniel J.; Bates, Vincent C. – Music Educators Journal, 2019
As music educators, we always teach much more than the musical concepts and skills outlined in music curriculum standards. In this article, we discuss how music teachers can address what we believe is the most pressing issue of our time: environmental degradation. We first outline some specifics of ecological literacy in music education. This will…
Descriptors: Music, Music Teachers, Music Education, Ecology
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Rifai, Ayah – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Because acquisition of vocabulary has been shown to affect reading comprehension and verbal capacity, one initiative that has gained momentum in elementary schools is the promotion of sophisticated words across grade levels. Music teachers, like other educators, should provide a vocabulary-rich environment to encourage the use of academic language…
Descriptors: Music Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary Education, Music Teachers
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Salvador, Karen – Music Educators Journal, 2019
By examining beliefs and values and striving to enact these mindsets in classroom practices, music educators can find the inner strength to persist and even create change toward more inclusive and equitable music education. Considering the views of some thinkers on the topics of justice, inclusion, and honesty and how to achieve these in life and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Music Education, Educational Change, Inclusion
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Kuebel, Christa – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Researchers have published an increasing number of reports about undergraduate music students suffering from depression, anxiety, and stress as well as of in-service teachers' experiences with burnout. Whether an undergraduate music student, a teacher, or a teacher educator, those in our profession need to increase awareness of the prevalence of…
Descriptors: Health, Wellness, Music Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Scholtens, Mary Crum – Music Educators Journal, 2019
This article describes effective ways for elementary general music educators to serve their special education students with autism spectrum disorder in the self-contained music classroom. It includes educational, social, and scientific rationales for selecting musical repertoire to support the development of joint attention communication skills…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Music, Attention
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Adams, Kari – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Growth mindset, or the belief that talents and abilities are malleable and can grow, is known to hold immense benefits in the world of education. What benefits could it hold for our students' musical growth as well? This article explores the many benefits of instilling a growth mindset into our ensembles by examining research in educational…
Descriptors: Student Development, Singing, Music Education, Educational Strategies
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Apfeldorf, Michael – Music Educators Journal, 2019
The story of John Henry, dating back to the late nineteenth century, is one of the most enduring folktales of American culture. As the legend goes, John Henry was an African American "steel-driving man" whose job was to drive spikes through rocks in the construction of a railroad tunnel. So powerful was John Henry that he defeated a…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Music, Singing, Folk Culture
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