Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Fish

Music is the force that allows humans to express what may not be expressed with words or in other means. Music education is instruction in the symbols used for this mode of expression. This idea comes from the fact that communication occurs through symbols, most easily recognizable in human language. Several "theories" have arisen about how or why to teach music, and how students learn these lessons. Musical content should include conceptual focuses, meaning that musical concepts should be taught instead of hard facts alone, or skills to reproduce music on instruments or with voice. The way in which students learn must allow for individual pacing, and the idea that learning deals with experiences and the rate at which these experiences are encountered aiding in the comprehension involving the whole person through action, emotion, and cognition. All learning, however, occurs only within one's social and cultural environment. Sharing is also a large part of teaching, and this should encompass holistic experiences, or involving the whole being in musical experiences. This is not the only mode of teaching, but it is a solid foundation for ideas on theories for music education and instruction.

Abstract for the article "Generating a Theory of Music Instruction" by Eunice Boardman from the January 2001 issue of Music Educator's Journal.

4 Comments:

Blogger Keely said...

Generally well-written. The only suggestion I have is to rephrase the sentence that starts "The way in which students learn..." It just get a little wordy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger TheloniusFunk said...

Good job...watch the repetition of words like experience(s).

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Your flow is nice and your writing is easy to read but I think that some of the information could be left out. I haven't read the article though, so maybe all of the information is important to explaining the piece.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 6:24:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Spiegelberg said...

What does "The Fish" have to do with the abstract? Don't put scare quotes around "theories" in the fourth sentence.

Sunday, December 04, 2005 10:07:00 AM  

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