Critical Reflection

Dear Me, I’m pretty sure I’ve made the correct decisions regarding our future pursuits, as I’ve really realized how much I love music education in this past year. Reading about music education, experiencing and observing music educators, and seeing students being taught this semester has definitely increased my interest in music education as a profession. … More Critical Reflection

Thoughts on “How Critical is Critical Thinking?”

Ryan D. Shaw poses interesting ideas in his article about critical pedagogy involved in music that I think are incredibly important to all music educators. I have had my fair share of times where I was playing a piece in middle school or high school and I knew absolutely nothing about it. The only thing … More Thoughts on “How Critical is Critical Thinking?”

Importance of “Curricular Pillars in the Elementary General Music Classroom”

This article is incredibly important, in my opinion, because it strips the elementary music classroom of the traditional unit-based curriculum most academic classes use in order to support retention in music. Retention is more prevalent among students when music classroom use a pillar-based curriculum, meaning every lesson that is taught has something to do with … More Importance of “Curricular Pillars in the Elementary General Music Classroom”

Response to “What Is Anthropology?” and Other Readings

When thinking about anthropology and music education, it may be difficult at first to find connections between the two fields. But once you realize that music education is just as a much a study of the people you’re teaching as anthropology is a study of people in general, it is easy to use the different … More Response to “What Is Anthropology?” and Other Readings