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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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Culp, Mara E.; Clauhs, Matthew – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Students often enter secondary schools with increased autonomy over course selection and how they meet graduation requirements. Those who once participated in school music may discontinue music studies for a variety of reasons. Music teachers should be mindful of factors that may affect a student's ability or desire to participate in school music.…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Music Education, Secondary School Students, Access to Education
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Wagoner, Cynthia L. – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Music teachers may be tasked with documenting ways in which broader literacy skills have been embedded in music teaching. As a result, musical goals might seem to take a secondary role in support of broader language-literacy skills. Enhancing music literacy should be the goal of well-designed integration. The suggestions here provide music…
Descriptors: Music Education, Teaching Methods, Literacy, Music Activities
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Culp, Mara E.; Jones, Sara K. – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Feelings of shame may contribute to music teachers and music teacher educators being unwilling to discuss needs and concerns for fear of being judged or seen as inadequate. Shame or fear of feeling shame can also lead individuals to withdraw or perpetuate negative behaviors. Although shame is often a natural part of the human experience, the…
Descriptors: Music Education, Resilience (Psychology), Music Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Alekna, Mallory; Kang, Soyeon – Music Educators Journal, 2020
A group of students and faculty at Arizona State University, Tempe, occupied a parking space outside the School of Music for an hour to do an experiment in creative placemaking and music-making. The results of their efforts are shared in this article.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Music Education, Music Activities, Creativity
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Mellizo, Jennifer – Music Educators Journal, 2020
Although it is not their intent, conventional curricula may place some students at a disadvantage in school music classrooms. This article offers a practical planning strategy that music educators can use to confront and resist some of these curricular tendencies in subtle yet important ways. By reimagining long-standing norms related to content,…
Descriptors: Music Education, Equal Education, Curriculum Design, Student Diversity
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Tucker, Olivia – Music Educators Journal, 2020
How do we motivate students to practice and persist when facing challenges inherent in learning to play an instrument? In this article, I synthesize research findings into strategies to encourage students' mastery goal orientations and intrinsic motivation. Educators can use these strategies in the classroom or as inspiration to create innovative…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musical Instruments, Goal Orientation, Mastery Learning
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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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