After reading this article I was surprised to know that so many teachers of music at the primary level were inexperienced. It is unfortunate that so many teachers have little to no personal experience in studying the substance of music.
A-ha: “More recently, Indiana declared all certified elementary classroom teachers qualified to teach music. This may be a reflection of the negative effect that economic issues are having on overall school funding and arts education in particular.”
Software Development as Music Education Research
This article shows how software development can be used as a method for music education research.
The paper includes examples from the use of developing the jam2jam software to facilitate networked music improvisation experiences for young children.
jam2jam software is designed for computer-assisted music improvisation over a network
The jam2jam software.
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Overall the evidence presented in this article suggests that software development as research(SoDaR) provides a good opportunity for the educational researcher.
Software development can be a useful research method because it involves the learning theories and assumptions, and makes them available for experimentation and reflection.
The software development as research has three stages according to the article:
identification of the learning opportunity for which software development is required and establishing an appropriate approach to take advantage of that opportunity,
design and production of the software,
implementation and refinement of the software via application in an educational setting.
I enjoyed this article. I thought that the jam2jam software sounded really interesting, especially the idea of jamming with others on the internet. I think that music improvisation experiences for young children is important when teaching music and would usually be fun for the students.
A-ha: “ In this way software acts as a mirror on researcher understanding, an embodiment of the learning theories, and a facilitator of domain activities.”
The article explains the use of the music maps: “These maps become a frame for the experience, a tool which enables each listener a way of allowing others into their experience, much like a literary narrative enables the reader to enter into the writer’s experience.”
I really liked the idea of having children visually interpret music through art. I think that this idea could inspire a lot of creativity in students.
A-ha: “Visual images, for example, make it possible to formulate meanings that elude linguistic description.”
I think that all of these articles were interesting and helpful for me as a prospective elementary teacher. Although I will probably not teach elementary music, I am interested in music and have considered majoring in some kind of music field. Out of all three articles I think that the musical maps was the most interesting. I think that that activity would get students thinking analytically about music and evoke lots of creativity.