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Why Students do not have love or passion for music today?

Why Students do not have love or passion for music today?

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In our schools today there are students that are not in love or have a deep passion for music today. Some students calling music class boring because the teacher is not making it fun or interesting. I feel as teachers we should ask the students what they think or ideas about how to make the music fun again. We should also use more technology in our lessons and create a fun atmosphere.

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Allen Berg's picture
Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Hi Zedekiah,

I am a new member of Edutopia Groups (about one week :-)
so I am slowly visiting the different groups to check in and see what topics are being discussed and what questions are being asked...

I am a 'retired' teacher (40 years seems to have been well-spent...:-), so unlike most of you here I have leisure time to think and play around with curriculum ideas and projects, and I am always an active arts & craftsman, so in reading your question I have a few suggestions to offer that involve simple resources available online and for free:

I am a (digital) photographer with a simple camera (Canon Powershot A530, which is several years old and already out-of-date vis-a-vis directly downloading photos to Windows 7, but I figured-out a "work-around solution" for that :-) and I am a member of a very cool website:

Digital Photography Review
http://www.dpreview.com/

which is free for anyone to join/register and view the best photographers' best photographs around the planet and use for non-commercial/educational classroom projects...

(There is a small but significant notice on the homepage top section
that importantly explains that "this website is child-safe" or some similar wording, so teachers can use it without worrying about coming across any unexpected or inappropriate surprises.)

One wonderful feature/section of this website is called "Challenges"
which are daily subject-specific photo albums from photographers from all around the world 'competing' in a fun way to showcase their best photographs relating directly to the many and varied challenge subjects, such as: the color Green, Motion, Animals, Time, Places, Music, Love, Nature, Mundane Objects (currently there is a Challenge theme of "door handles" :-), Geometry currently "Diagonals"), Rain, Clouds, Dew Drops, etc. etc.

----So here's my suggestion:

1. You can view the different Challenge albums of photographs and select which one(s) to present to your students (you can select a few (10... or so, from the 100+ entries/photos) for you as the teacher to present, or, let the students go online and view and select their own favorites...)

2. Then have the students (individually or in pairs or groups) select music backgrounds to add to their 'computer-produced' slide-shows (using Picasa or other software programs) to create their own "Music
Videos" to share with the class, and schoolmates, and online etc.

3. You can also take the students creative results and coordinate an assembly and/or afterschool educational/entertainment "Movie Night" of Music Videos for students and parents and community to attend and share in the Beauty and Magic and Empowerment of your students...

4. I shouldn't omit the possibility that some students are musicians(!)
and can create/play and record their own music backgrounds to the slide-shows... :-)

Let me stop here for now...

I gotta get a meal going... :-)

to be continued...

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Newbie Allen Berg

theperfectstudent's picture

Bad government and good music rarely go together.

I think music is the one arena in which teachers don't have to incorporate new technology. It could be as simple as a guitar or piano and a room full of kids sitting on the floor, and everyone would still have a great time.

I believe that the problem is that the teachers who have a passion for music couldn't stay in the school system...good music and bad leadership don't go together, and the leadership has been rotting for quite some time.

Allen Berg's picture
Allen Berg
curriculum and projects learning centers

Dear PerfectStudent of Confucius,

I agree with your comments:
-- music, fortunately, can remain 'acoustic' (not electrically modified, or machine-generated...) to maintain its beauty and soul...

-- the system (of mass/public education), unfortunately, has been dysfunctional for way too long... bureaucracies and especially huge
bureaucracies often create their own inertia and internal entanglements of stagnation... It sometimes is an innate function of Large Scale, that quickly overwhelms the simple "human/person-al" Scale; thus you see the development of smaller alternative schools (like Montessori, Waldorf, and now Charter schools...)

--Many creative teachers lose their enthusiasm with the System, and burn-out or leave the profession...(that could be a further topic and already is here at Edutopia, with the "Reform Starts Here" group, for example...)

****************

Let me simply contribute a positive link to Arts & Music
that is 'acoustic' music and 'eye-candy' for the soul...

Thank you for your posting...

Allen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzXyoeKOcx4

Carol Parker's picture
Carol Parker
7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

I just play music in the classroom. Beethoven, Mozart, the classics, Jazz, put the name, the title of the music, the year composed,on the board. It all is a new experience. We listen to the music in the background, I teach, it all adds up the end of the year. I do show "Immortal Beloved" the costumes, the music, the acting, everyone loves it. I do not take a chance with the wonderful "Amadeus" with this age group. But, the introduction of teaching with NEW MUSIC creates a lasting memory of beautiful, beautiful music. (the rolling eyes soon cease).

And, and, and on Dec 11 I am taking 65 reluctant 7th graders to see
WEST SIDE STORY here in LA. All of it will forever play in their heads.

One little note at a time, and they get it. Ya gotta just do it.

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