Questions and Learning

Questioning is an essential tool in teaching. In traditional classrooms, a teacher asks students questions, and the students answer them, and memorize the answers in order to gain knowledge. In contemporary classrooms, students take on a more active role by both asking and answering questions in a discussion format. Socratic circles and Paideia seminars are two … Continue reading Questions and Learning

Making Music Classrooms More Student-Centered

Don't forget to visit my request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org: Keyboards For Kids, Music For All  Give to my classroom by June 28, 2015 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code SPARK on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100). The longer I … Continue reading Making Music Classrooms More Student-Centered

How Much Should Student Interest Drive Music Instruction?

Today I will continue a discussion I started yesterday about balancing influencers of instruction. In particular, I will examine the balance between student interest and curriculum. Curriculum is heavily influenced by state and federal performance standards. Although these standards are not mandatory, most states have adopted federal music standards, and most school districts have used … Continue reading How Much Should Student Interest Drive Music Instruction?

Teaching Music from the Student’s Perspective

In the midst of planning and teaching lessons that encompass a complete curriculum and provide training in comprehensive musicianship, music teachers, myself included, sometimes forget to approach our content from the student's perspective. As teachers, we are aware of different proficiency levels and different learning styles, but we are not as aware of what our … Continue reading Teaching Music from the Student’s Perspective