Monday Morning Music Mix -Education News From All Over ~11-16-2009
Monday’s Music Quote, John Coltrane: “You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere”.
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Linda Ronstadt makes a case for music education: “It’s a disaster what they’re doing. One of the things known about the human brain is that pitch is one of the ways in which we sort and process and store information. If you’re Chinese and you’re speaking a tonal language, pitch is vital. Most Chinese children, when they are in choirs that compete internationally, they usually win because the children almost to an individual have perfect pitch. They do because they start attending to pitch intensely from the time that they are pre-verbal till the time they develop speech.”
Music Education and Boys: via Rick Dammer @ musicedresearch.wordpress.com: “This article, part of larger study of at-risk boys in Australian schools, provides an interesting window into schools from another part of the world. Male-only music classes from two schools (one primary, one secondary) are profiled. In both cases, these gender specific classes were found to be effective in allowing at-risk boys to engage in music activities, as well as improving their overall engagement and belonging in their school.”
11 of the Best Free Sheet Music Sites: “If you’re a music teacher on a tight budget it can be difficult to find the money to purchase sheet music for the myriad of music ensembles, instrumental and vocal students you may have at your school. It’s good to know that these days there are literally hundreds of websites that offer free sheet music and a large percent of the titles are also copyright-free so you can arrange, transpose or transform the original to your heart’s content”. Hat-tip: James Frankel
Those with More Education and Higher Household Incomes are More Likely to Have Had Music Education: It’s an oldy but a goody (2007): “Whether it’s chorus, band or just violin lessons, music impacts Americans’ lives. While singing in a chorus or playing an instrument is fun, it can also provide important skills like creative problem solving that can help lead to higher education and incomes as well as personal fulfillment. Three-quarters (75%) of American adults were involved in some type of music program while in school. Half (51%) were involved in chorus while 42 percent had some type of formal instrumental lessons. Just over one-third (35%) were in a school instrumental ensemble, such as an orchestra or band while 14 percent were part of an informal group, such as a garage band and 12 percent had formal vocal lessons.”
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