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The Philosophy of Music Education

Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I teach music because I think living in harmony should be the ultimate goal of any education system. Music is a form heightened teamwork and careful listening to one's self and to others. It's the persuit of beauty and perfection, the sake of which lies within said persuit, thus becoming the ultimate form of connection and communication- The one thing that can ensure human survival and well-being!


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Ming Zhe the Independant Learner

Posted by [email protected] on June 25, 2016 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ming Zhe joined my classical guitar club at school and took his first steps with me before leaving to another school. One day, after a few months had passed, he he came back with his mother to visit me. He wanted to come sooner, but needed time to prepare a special gift for me. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZWbGVvCxgc

Pretty sweet. He has been learning entirely on his own! Some boy ;) And I happened to have an electric guitar that another teacher had left in m...

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Rainbow Warriors on Rockstar Duty

Posted by [email protected] on June 21, 2016 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)


My grade 3 students love Imagine Dragons, they tell me. They keep me up to date with the latest hits. Their smash hit "Radioactive" is actually a neat wee song that I could easily arrange for uke,recorder, synth and piano. It also ties in with teaching  the virtue of responsibilty, in this case resposibility towards our planet's ecology.

I...

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Special Saturday

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2016 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday was memorable and worthy of a post. It started with french press robusta and playing Bach on the guitar, on some ancestor worship trip ;). This psyches me up and places me squarly inside a winner frame of mind: blissed out, yet with lots of positive and highly caffeinated energy. I biked my way to Hanoi's National Convention Centre to my school's end of the year performance on my old but trusty Honda Dream. The place is just MASSIVE and the event is mega for our school. Two wee...

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Electribe Bribe

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2016 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

One my classical guitar students is not enjoying his learning experience as much as I hope. He struggles to stay on task and seems a little overwhelmed at the amount of effort that goes into even the simplest of pieces. I've started bribing him with having a a go on the electribe. It's a quick fix and would prefer a more intrinsic approach, but it is what it is. In fairness, sequencers such as the electribe ...

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Rap Song about Sound

Posted by [email protected] on May 17, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I rote this song for a class I did in collaboration with a grade 1 science project.


What is sound? Vibration Vibration

What is sound? Vibration All around

 

Vibrate up

Vibrate down

Bounce off walls

Bounce off the ground

 

What is sound? Vibration Vibration

What is sound? Vibration All around

 

Sound is moving in the air

We can’t see it but it’s there

Sometimes quiet somet...

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My Manifesto

Posted by [email protected] on May 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My Manifesto


 

 

 

The Fringes of Turned On and switched Orff


 

All fields of education are on shakey sands and every one is adapting differently to the profound changes that technology is bringing to school. In music education we find different schools of thought dealing with it in different ways.


 

Alternative schools such as

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More Tech in Music Ed

Posted by [email protected] on April 29, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In this entry I want to briefly address some technology applied to music education. DAWs and music Production Coming from a background in audio engineering I am quite familiar with DAW music production. Later on as a teacher been acquainted with notation software, which I use frequency to produce my own worksheets.


I have recently introduced DAW music creation to my grade 5 students as an after school activity. I initially resisted the idea of teaching computer...

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My Provocation

Posted by [email protected] on April 25, 2016 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

How much technology should we use in music education? Before answering this question, I think it's important to establish the roles of modern musical education. Then individually explore the technological implications within each role. I have my own personal beliefs that no doubt differ to those of other educators, but after all, those beliefs have put me on the path of music teaching:

  • Music is a tool for high level teambuilding
  • Music is a tool for exploring cultures

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