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Music Teaching In “The New Normal” – Practicing Musician

July 25, 2020

It’s no secret that K-12 music education lags far behind the rest of society in utilizing technology to improve productivity and outcomes. There are myriad reasons for this outdated approach to music education, not least of which are: X Shrinking…

Sound Systems for the 21st-Century Classroom

July 25, 2020

Playback of prerecorded music in the classroom is aubiquitous necessity for music educators. Whetherlistening to prerecorded examples to study and learnabout music or to evaluate recorded solo or ensemble performances as formative or summative assessment, eachrequires some form of playback…

Using Technology To Engage “Nontraditional Music Students”

July 25, 2020

A unique analysis of the percentage of students who are nontraditional music students and how they should be encouraged in different areas of music and sound. By not granting them the same opportunity to pursue music they will never develop…

Opening New Doors to Music Creativity – PDF

July 25, 2020

PDF of slides from keynote presentation, “Opening New Doors to Music Creativity”, for the UAB Music Technology Academy workshop, November 8, 2008. Summary: An approach to teaching music technology History of Music Technology Software What modern software looks like Basic Hardware WYHIWYG…

Top 20 Music Tech Resources – MidnightMusic

July 25, 2020

A music tech education advocate we have been following for a while continues to post fantastic content. Katie Wardrobe from MidnightMusic has devised a list of the Top 20 Resources in Music Technology for the classroom. The list includes software…

Audio Engineering Society – Audio Education Mini Conference

July 25, 2020

What was supposed to be a highly anticipated event in audio education was tragically cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the AES hosted a mini conference via ZOOM that was open to members. Topics from acoustics, community and student…

Country Music Association – Voices in Music Initiative

July 15, 2020

We recently participated in a CMA Music Technology panel geared towards educators in middle school and high schools. The CMA has started an initiative to support music educators of all backgrounds including musictech where they will list fresh education resources…

Hello world, we are Musictech.Education!

June 6, 2020

Over the last several years, our experience working in education shown us that there is a necessary need for a living and breathing community in audio & music education. A hub for educators to learn from one another about practices…

External Blogs We Appreciate

  • Best of Pandemic #Elmused Tech Episode 5: Seesaw
    by A. Burns on July 29, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Seesaw (web.seesaw.me) has been an amazing tool during the pandemic for music educators. Many of us used it before the pandemic, but when the lockdown occurred, numerous schools assigned Seesaw as a platform for #elmused to use to teach music. It consists of numerous tools to enhance advocacy, teaching, showcasing items, and so much more. Here are some examples of how Seesaw can continue to be used post-pandemic. Advocacy Seesaw has the capability of connecting the students’ journals with the students’ caregivers and families. Continue reading Best of Pandemic #Elmused Tech Episode 5: Seesaw at MusTech.Net - Music Education & Technology.

  • Mind Brain Education Elementary Academy: Day 4
    by A. Burns on July 23, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) continued its elementary academy for the fourth day, with us further diving into Mind Brain Education (MBE). Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Music-brain.jpg Focus on Math Source: https://www.researchgate.net/post/To-what-extend-a-musician-needs-to-know-mathematics-and-acoustics-Dose-mathematical-knowledge-discourages-his-her-pure-inspirations Since yesterday’s focus was a deep dive into reading, it was a natural process to have today’s focus be on math. Our presenters explored research for instructional practices that improve outcomes in mathematics. They spoke to purposeful mathematics, meaning actively cultivating math through inquiry and applying mathematics in multiple settings.  Continue reading Mind Brain Education Elementary Academy: Day 4 at MusTech.Net - Music Education & Technology.

  • Mind Brain Education CTTL Elementary Academy: Day 3
    by A. Burns on July 21, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) continued its elementary academy for the third day, with us further diving into Mind Brain Education (MBE). Focus on Reading Dan Willingham led an excellent deep-dive session titled “Everything Scientists Know About the Teaching of Reading.” This talk was divided into Decoding, Fluency, Comprehension, and Motivation. Dan spoke to how children learn to read and the myths about reading. As an elementary music educator, I had the following takeaways: Aural language is observed everywhere in every culture. Continue reading Mind Brain Education CTTL Elementary Academy: Day 3 at MusTech.Net - Music Education & Technology.

  • Mind Brain Education CTTL Elementary Academy Day 2
    by A. Burns on July 20, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) continued its elementary academy for the second day, with us further diving into Mind Brain Education (MBE). Mind Brain Education (MBE) Mythbusters We started the day by deciding whether statements about the brain and how children learn were true or false. This was done in small breakout rooms and it was a lot of fun. Trying to discuss and determine each statement was challenging and surprising. Continue reading Mind Brain Education CTTL Elementary Academy Day 2 at MusTech.Net - Music Education & Technology.

  • Mind Brain Education: CTTL Elementary Academy Day 1
    by A. Burns on July 20, 2021 at 1:15 am

    For the past few years, we have explored and studied Mind Brain Education (MBE) through reading Neuroteach, written by Glenn Whitman and Dr. Ian Kellener, through various webinars and conferences, took online Neuroteach Global (NTG) courses, and participated in a four-day deep dive provided by The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). The latter is one that I have not had the opportunity to take. Many of my colleagues, who have taken all of the above, had advised me that once I took the four-day intensive training, all of the other pieces of the training would fall into place. Continue reading Mind Brain Education: CTTL Elementary Academy Day 1 at MusTech.Net - Music Education & Technology.

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  • DIY Music Crayons
    by David Row on May 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Do you ever see a project in a Facebook Group or on Pinterest and immediately think “I could do that!” This DIY music crayon project came from one of those a-ha moments after surfing through a music teacher Facebook group. The original poster in Elementary Music Teachers, Jennifer Z., had The post DIY Music Crayons appeared first on Make Moments Matter.

  • It Starts with the Standards – Advocacy for Elementary Music
    by David Row on March 15, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    A few years ago I was in the hallway after school fumbling with butcher paper, bulletin board border, and a freshly laminated set of posters based around the National Standards for Music Education (at the time I was still using the NAfME standards from 1994).  I was halfway done with The post It Starts with the Standards – Advocacy for Elementary Music appeared first on Make Moments Matter.

  • How to Teach the Nutcracker
    by David Row on December 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Teaching the Nutcracker is one of my favorite things to do every December. I got my first Nutcracker as a gift when I was in second grade and ever since I have loved to find new nutcrackers, retell the classic fairy tale, listen to the music, and share with others. The post How to Teach the Nutcracker appeared first on Make Moments Matter.

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Books for the Music Room
    by David Row on September 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I once had a professor say that it wasn’t enough to learn about a culture by reading facts, figures, and statistics. This professor assigned novels written by members of certain communities so that we could hear stories and see the culture through the author’s eyes, learning from their perspective. Hispanic The post Hispanic Heritage Month Books for the Music Room appeared first on Make Moments Matter.

  • Music Room Makeover! Room Tour 2019
    by David Row on September 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I love thinking about classroom design and function. When I plan out my classroom (the bulletin boards, the general layout, where and how to store the instruments, decorative details) I always try to keep kids in mind. I want to think about how the room functions for them and how The post Music Room Makeover! Room Tour 2019 appeared first on Make Moments Matter.

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