Music Education Adapts to Technology and a Competitive Job Market

 

 

 

It’s not hard to see that music education may be waning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, music teaching jobs are growing at 6 percent with a median annual salary of $50,110.

However, music education is more valuable than people may realize. Modern music teachers are striving to prepare their students for a more competitive job market and are also teaching them the value of leadership and cooperation.

To some, the music profession is a privilege rather than a chore. For music education senior Anna Wessels, teaching music is a selfless career.

 

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This Is Your Brain On Music

 

 

 

USC’s Dr. Assal Habibi has been studying the brains of 80 kids for five years in the hopes of answering the question: does studying music enhance brain function? We’ll soon find out.

 

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Musicians Use Both Sides of Their Brain More Frequently Than Average People

 

 

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Supporting what many of us who are not musically talented have often felt, new research reveals that trained musicians really do think differently than the rest of us.  One possible explanation the researchers offer for the musicians’ elevated use of both brain hemispheres is that many musicians must be able to use both hands independently to play their instruments.

 

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Learning with Technology in Music Education

 

 

 

This video takes you into an Edinbrook Elementary School classroom to see how a teacher is using interactive whiteboards and classroom amplification to engage students in their learning. According to the teacher, “It’s really important to have technology in music because it gives kids a whole different way to experience music.”

 

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The Two Traits of the Best Problem-Solving Teams

 

 

 

While STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) emphasizes: the creative process, meaningful collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving techniques, we don’t often get to see the results in day-to-day business.  This article, in the Harvard Business Review, indirectly shows how qualities learned through STEAM may help solve many of these challenges.

 

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Where STEM meets the pen

 

 

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FINDING BALANCE—Abigail Santana, a longtime art and photography teacher at Adolfo Camarillo High School, embraces technology in the classroom but also sees a need for teaching students how to create art in traditional ways. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Over the 14 years that she’s been teaching art at Adolfo Camarillo High School, Abigail Santana’s classroom methods have changed with technology.

These days her students complete most of their writing assignments online, and they show off their completed art projects as photographs in a digital portfolio that Santana grades at the end of each semester.

A few years ago Santana started teaching students how to create computer-assisted clay animation using a green screen.

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The Art of Thinking Like a Scientist

 

Through the arts, students learn to observe, visualize, manipulate materials, and develop the creative confidence to imagine new possibilities. These skills and competencies are also essential to scientific thinking and provide a strong argument for transforming STEM education by integrating the arts.

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Introducing 12 Year-Old Blues Virtuoso, Toby Lee

Toby Lee is a 12 year-old blues guitar virtuoso from the UK.  The following description is from his website: His love of Blues and Rock was apparent right from the start with a variety of riffs by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore and BB King often heard coming from his bedroom.

 

He joined the local Rock School – The Witchwood School of Rock – and under the guidance of teacher Aldie Chalmers, Toby’s playing went from strong to stronger.

 

More on Toby Lee at http://www.tobylee.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/tobyleeguitar/.  To listen to the above performance click here, or on the photo.