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Music Teacher

This post has inspired me to

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This post has inspired me to consider planning some project based units next school year. Not only could this serve as a wonderful advocacy tool, but also a great piece of assessment evidence. Doing projects in the music classroom is challenging, but rewarding. Changing up music instruction with a project based-learning unit will keep things fresh, and engage students in new ways.

orchestra teacher

Just found this blog post,

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Just found this blog post, and love the idea of having students advocate for music education to a school board as a project. Awesome blog post!

Junior and Senior Language arts Teacher, North Dakota

The benefits of music

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I agree that music is crucial to students' education. Check out the article "Music Training Changes Brain Networks" by Ben Mauk. In it, he writes about the science behind music education. It is fantastic to read the scientific explanations of why music helps students learn. It can increase math skills, attention spans, and intellegince. There should be no budget cuts after this evidence becomes widely understood.

ESL/bilingual education specialist and blogger for the WIDA Consortium

Standards for teaching the language of music

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Great post! I just wanted to add that it is important to teach the language that students need in addition to the content area knowledge and skills. The 2012 draft edition of WIDA's English language development standards includes several new complementary strands focused on music, performing arts and visual arts. You can check them out by going to http://www.wida.us/standards/elp.aspx then click on the Topic Map (under bullet 4) and the appropriate grade level document (under bullet 6.)

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