MUSIC EDUCATION Michelle & Teri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFfL11Lpjck Classroom percussion Body Percussion Styles of Jazz Listening Journal “Is this opera appropriate for kids?” “I don’t know, but it has sax and violins!” Broad Aims Arts Ed.: to enable students to understand and value arts expressions throughout life Band: to enable students to communicate effectively through instrumental music and to understand and value a variety of musical expressions throughout life. Choral: to enable students to experience the joy of singing and to understand and value a variety of musical expressions throughout life. Importance of Music Music encourages students to: Respect the uniqueness and creativity of themselves and others Increase their ability to express themselves through languages other than spoken or written language Understand the contributions of the arts and artists to societies and cultures, past and present Gain a lasting appreciation of art forms experienced as participant and as audience Recognize the many connections between the arts and daily life. Instructional Strategies Generally performance-oriented (with voice or instruments) Composition, journal writing/discussion, portfolios, listening, inquiry Appeal of Music Different from any other subject in the way it is taught and the way students learn Allows students to be creative, become soloists or to have the chance to be a part of an ensemble Provides students opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise (band/choir trips, concerts, recitals, scholarships for post-secondary, festivals, etc…) Students may discover a skill they didn’t think or know they had Students are able to work and grow together as a whole to achieve success. Non-appeal of Music Ratio of students to teachers is very high (could have more than 80 students in a band/choir with one teacher to conduct) Teachers may not like that music takes time or students away from their classes Students may not want to take a music class if they feel they don’t have a good voice/play an instrument well or at all There is a stigma attached to being part of the music program at the school (band geek, nerd, etc…) Some students just don’t have room in their schedule because they are focused more on the ‘academic’ courses Status of Music Usually at the bottom of the list compared to ‘academic’ subjects The arts are viewed by most people as a ‘frill’ and not as legitimate as other subjects such as math or science Music and the arts should be a bigger priority in schools because it encourages students to use their imagination, which fosters creativity Think about this: what jobs do not require creative thinking (i.e. problem solving, thinking outside the box, designing, etc…)? Imagine: life without music.