Sunday, 22 January 2017

3 Ways to improve Music Education at your School

3 Ways to improve Music Education at your School

Principals, every child needs and deserves access to subjects that go into being a well-rounded, well-educated person. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics. 

Article 1: How to Improve Music Classes in a New Era of Education, TIME Online
We believe there is a need for a paradigm shift in how we define outcomes in our music students. And we need to go beyond the right notes, precise rhythms, clear diction and unified phrasing that have set the standard for the past century. 

We should define learning by a student's intimate knowledge of composers or artists—their personal history, conception and the breadth and scope of their output. Students should understand the style and conception of a composer or artist—what are the aesthetics of a specific piece, the notes that have meaning? They should know the influences and inputs that went into the creation of a piece and how to identify those. 

Selected pieces should illuminate the general concepts of any genre and students should be able to understand these and know their precise location within a score and what these concepts represent.  

Article 2: Supporting Better Music Education, Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
Effective schools consider that a good quality music education contributes considerable musical and non-musical benefits to pupils, parents and wider communities. Having a better understanding of how and why pupils make musical progress will help teachers deliver more appropriately challenging and musical lessons. This will help teachers and senior leaders understand how to accurately evaluate these lessons, with a greater focus on musical learning which is driven by demonstrable musical progress, not inappropriate assessment. Management and senior administrators should explicitly encourage and support music teachers to develop these approaches.

Action Points
Music Standards are all about  Music Literacy. The standards emphasise conceptual understanding in areas that reflect the actual processes in which musicians engage. The standards cultivate a student’s ability to carry out the three Artistic Processes of 

1.     Creating,
2.     Performing, and
3.     Responding

These are the processes that musicians have followed for generations, even as they connect through music to their selves and their societies. And isn’t competence in Creating, Performing, and Responding what we really want for our students? 

Students need to have experience in creating, to be successful musicians and to be successful 21st century citizens. Students need to perform – as singers, as instrumentalists, and in their lives and careers. Students need to respond to music, as well as to their culture, their community, and their colleagues.

BlueTimbre is a Music hub with Music Education spaces, Jam Room and Recording studio located in India. BlueTimbre provides complete end-to-end Music Education solutions for schools. BlueTimbre management team comes with a decades of cumulative experience in running structured businesses, music curriculum development, music education and performance.


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