Articles about Teaching Methods

"I Have a Question!" - Effective Questioning in Rehearsal
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 49-51

Questioning is an effective teaching tool in rehearsal but the nature of the questions merits careful consideration. Questions that elicit reflective thinking can help students become more discriminating by engaging them in analysis and problem solving. The author cites research ...

Discovering Voices: Expanding Students' Musical and Vocal Ideals in an Urban Community Chidlren's Choir
Choral Journal (2016) Vol. 56, No. 7, pp. 8-19

Singers whose musical ideals differ from those of their choral directors will only engage in choir if they feel welcomed, respected, and empowered. This article offers an approach to choral training that seeks to broaden children's musical ideals and abilities ...

Differentiated Instruction and Student Engagement: Effective Strategies for Teaching Combined-Grade Classes at the Secondary Level
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 33-37

In today's reality, many teachers are faced with the challenge of having to teach combined-grade music classes. This article posits an alternative model to the traditional approach to single-grade classroom music instruction by offering effective teaching strategies that allow for ...

Reclaiming Group Vocal Instruction
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 42-47

General music education began as a singing-based endeavor intended to improve singing in society. It later shifted toward an enterprise predicated on choral performance, particularly at secondary levels. The emphasis on choral performance in schools is problematic because it has ...

Music: A World of Opportunities for Sightless Students Part 2 of 2: Memory is the Key
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 57-58

This column highlights the importance of memorizing music for sightless music student and outlines various memorization methods that are important for such an individual to develop. The practical strategies include; learning by rote, reading/using Music Braille copies of scores, and ...

Uncommon Commonalities: Cosmopolitan Ethics as a Framework for Music Education Policy Analysis
Arts Education Policy Review (2016) Vol. 117, No. 2, pp. 87-95

Contemporary American education policy rhetoric is problematic because its authors' assertions, particularly those about the goals of education, frequently conflict with their implied moral and/or ethical commitments. This philosophical policy analysis uses Appiah's cosmopolitan principles to examine the ethical implications ...

Fumbling Towards Vulnerability: Moving Out of the Familiar for Music Education's Sake
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 22-24

As a young teacher that is still fairly new to the profession, I am constantly striving to find a balance in my own teaching practice that honours both the traditional past of music making, as well as infusing a more ...

Inclusive Music Education in Quebec: Shifting Paradigms
Canadian Music Educator (2016) Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 29-32

In Quebec, music education is offered in a context of school integration the primary and secondary levels. This article paints a portrait of the situation by detailing the paradigm of inclusive education and modality of integration. The integration of students ...

Vocal Qualities in Music Theater Voice: Perceptions of Expert Pedagogues
Journal of Voice (2016) Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 128.e1-128.e12

Objective: To gather qualitative descriptions of music theater vocal qualities including belt, legit, and mix from expert pedagogues to better define this voice type. Twelve expert teachers from United States, United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia were interviewed by Skype and ...