Teen Spirits Rise in Support of School Music by: Catherine Olson
Using Music to support Literacy development of Young English Language Learners by: Kelli Paquette and Sue Rieg
For each article I have a two slide summary and then my own reflection after the summary.
If there is (*) after a sentence that is a “a ha” moment
Suzuki Method of Teaching Music
Alison Garner is a music teacher for almost 20 years wrote an article on how she uses Suzuki Method in the preschool classroom. It seems to give her class structure and allows them to have fun learning.
Quote from the text: “The joy of doing something well motivates us to reach higher and develop ourselves further” .
(this is not a real picture of Alison)
She talks about how music education creates pathways for learning. All aspects of the individual (cognitive, emotional, social, and psychomotor) are used in music learning and music performance(*). Learning music is critical at a young age to be successful because brain density reaches its peak in a child’s first few years of life(*). Having the basic listen-repeat-memorize method is how our minds work the best and using this method allows the setting up pathways that lay the groundwork for learning new skills and disciplines(*). She talks about using this method as “Mother Tongue Approach” which is having the child listen, repeat, and memorize motions and sounds based on the surroundings. She applies this to her music class. This is the key thoughts and groundwork for Suzuki Methods.
This Method gives the children a lot of social opportunities. Children are able to reach to the community by doing performances, allowing the older children to encourage the younger students, and these are just some ways.
She talks about how she ties different things together for her class. She uses poems, stories, and songs to show and practice the music concept that she is teaching.
Here is a website that gives ideas on how to use music in the classroom:
childrens music workshop
My Reflection on the Article
I believe this article shows how important music is in education and how it needs to be introduced at a young age. Most young children love music and it is a shame not to introduce it to them at an earlier age. Music in the classroom brings structure, allows the children to make some noise during the school time since most of the time at school they need to be quite, and it gives the children a sense of direction.
I totally agree that music is tides in with all aspects of the individual. It does so in cognitive because it gets the children thinking of the music and how they should play it or sing it. If they are singing, they need to be thinking of the lyrics to the song and sometimes the meaning to the lyrics (at a much older age than pre-school age). Music allows you to feel so many emotions which can be great because sometimes children may never feel excited about something until they sing or play a song. It is a great way to be social because you are interacting with your peers or the community. These are just some way I feel that music tides in with all aspects of the individual.
I love how you can tie music in with different subjects within the classroom. It shows children that everything can be tied in with something else and it could make learning that subject a little more fun.
Teen Spirits Rise in Support of School Music
This article talks about how a contest that asked teen students to write essays stating why school music programs should not be eliminated. This contest have no intention to become a research project but with the responses, they soon changed their minds. It gives some of the reasons why the teens felt that the music program should stay in schools.
Quote from text: “ Teenagers not only find a strong sense of belonging in school music ensembles, but they believe participation in music groups diminishes stereotyping and helps them cope with difficult situations, including peer pressure”.
Here are some of the reasons (I only list a few that I feel you should hear):
1. playing music provides teens with a sense of belonging
2. making music provides teens freedom to be themselves, to be different, to be something they thought they could never be, and to be comfortable and relaxed in school and elsewhere (*)
3. music help adolescents cope with difficult situations such as peer pressure and potential substance abuse (*)
4.adolescents believe playing music diminishes boundaries between people of different ethnic backgrounds, ages, and social interests (*)
My Reflection on the Article
I like this article because it shows how a essay contest can become a research opportunity and they learned how teens feel it is important to keep music in the schools. The teens give really good examples of why they like music in the schools and how it affects them.
I feel music in education/school is important and it needs to be in every kind of school. I gives the children a chance to feel they fit in whether it be band, chorus, or just knowing friends who share the same taste in music as you do. It gives the children something to look for ward at school. It may make a child feel good about themselves whether it be because they good at singing or playing an instrument or because a song touches them in that way. These are just some of many reason I feel that music needs to be mandatory in the school.
I hope this article shows you the importance of keeping music in the education/school. If you would like to know how to keep music in education/schools, here is a website from a music channel that it out to keep music in the schools. Please take a chance to look at it: vh1 save the music
Using Music to Support the Literacy Development of Young English Language Learners
This article talks about integrating music with literacy. It explains the benefits of combing music with reading, writing, and language skills development. By adding music in with the literacy, you are making the classroom a more positive place allowing students to strive for success in the classroom on many different levels for instance academically, socially, and emotionally (*).
Quote from text: “Providing children with structured and open ended music activities, creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and sharing the joy of creativity with each other are foundational to bases for the growth and development of the early childhood learner”.
The article talk about how to use music to enhance the students’ literacy development and activities that support music and literacy in the classroom(*).
It explains how to use activities that support music and literacy in the classroom. Here are some way that it can do that. Songs that teach language skills, teaching a new song, improving students’ writing skills with song, and creating musical instruments(*).
My Reflection on the Article
I like how this article ties a subject with music. I also like how explains different benefits of doing that and showing how to do it. I think it is important to tie different things together in education. It can makes the learning process more easier, it may allow a student to get the concept of your lesson easier, and it makes it fun for the students. Students need to feel that education is fun. If they don’t they may not learn anything because you lost their attention and focus which is part of the learning process.
Having music in education is very important. It gives a lot of benefits to the students. They get a sense of belonging, freedom to be themselves, helps them cope with different situations, brings different social and ethnic groups together, and gives them a chance to strive for greatness.
Having music in education is also important because it gives the classroom so structure, makes learning easier and fun, and help with all aspects of the individual and the aspects grow.
Garner, Alison Meaker. “Music for the Very Young”. Teaching Music. Oct 2008. Vol.16 Issue 2, pgs 28-31. web address for article
Olson, Catherine. “Teen Spirits rise in support of school music”. Teaching Music. Oct. 2008. Vol 16 Issue 2, pg 22. Teen Spirit
Paquette, Kelli and Sue Reig. “Using Music to Support the Literacy Development of Young English Language Learners. Teaching Music. Dec 2008. Vol 36 Issue 3, pg227-232. Using Music into Literacy