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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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Burstein, Scott; Powell, Bryan – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Many K-12 teachers face hurdles when it comes to running a Modern Band, including the pedagogical challenges of facilitating large scale ensembles with unfamiliar repertoire and instruments. Approximation and scaffolding are two important tools teachers can use to help learners thrive in this environment. This article uses music examples to…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musicians, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Music
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Zvengrowski, Steven T. – Music Educators Journal, 2019
All states have some system of music teacher certification, and most, according to the 2018 "Analysis of State Music Education Certification Practices in the United States" from the National Association for Music Education, require broad-based music certification that includes both choral and instrumental music at levels K to 12.…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Teacher Certification
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Clauhs, Matthew; Franco, Brian; Cremata, Radio – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Recent advances in music technology include practical tools for sound recording and production in school music classrooms. Secondary school music production classes allow students to make meaningful connections between school music and the music in their own lives. We offer several projects for teaching music production and sound recording;…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Musical Composition, Music Activities
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Niknafs, Nasim – Music Educators Journal, 2019
The last two decades in the North America have seen a resurgence of scholarly and practitioner activities advocating for integrating more popular music in music classrooms both through repertoire and pedagogy. However, the emphasis has been on Western-oriented popular music practices, neglecting those of other cultures, even though there is a…
Descriptors: Music, Transformative Learning, Music Education, Teaching Methods
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Kastner, Julie Derges; Menon, Saleel – Music Educators Journal, 2019
Despite renewed interest in a cappella singing in mainstream culture, there are relatively few opportunities for vocal students to participate in popular music in choir, especially while using the learning processes of real-world musicians. In this article, we describe possibilities for using popular music to support singing with good technique,…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Music, Singing, Music Education
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Kratus, John – Music Educators Journal, 2019
The future of American music education may be found in its past--a time when music teachers instilled lifelong amateur music-making in their students. There are differences between amateur and professional musicianship, and the focus of American music education shifted from amateurism to semiprofessionalism in the mid-twentieth century. An…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Music Teachers, Singing
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Tobias, Evan S. – Music Educators Journal, 2019
The emergence of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Popular Music Special Interest Group, "Journal of Popular Music Education," and Association for Popular Music Education among articles, books, presentations, stories of educators engaging students with popular music, and this special issue demonstrate that music…
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Inquiry, Learner Engagement
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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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