Music Education

How To Provide your Child with Opportunities in the Music Industry Outside of School

If the music industry sparks your child’s interest, there are many activities they can get involved in besides being in band or chorus in school. If your child doesn’t want to be involved in singing or instrumentals, but they still love music and want to be more involved with it, there are a few alternatives they can pursue. Several high schools and some community centers have an independent radio. Through this, students can learn a…

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How SAT/ACT Test Prep Improves Results

When applying to colleges, I already knew what field I wanted to study: Music Education. That was the easy part. From there I had to decide to which schools I wanted to apply. I researched schools in my area that had great Music Education programs. After I decided on four schools to which I wanted to apply, I researched the criteria that was required for acceptance into each university. Specifically, I researched how well I…

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What You Need to Know About Getting Into the Right Music Program

Do you want a career in Music? Not sure how to gain admission to the right college? If you’re in high school, gaining admission to college is hard, no matter what career pathway you choose. Acceptance into Music programs isn’t just about talent. There are certain requirements that you should be aware of, so that you can get on track and have the best possible chance of admission. Universities highly consider GPA’s and test scores.…

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7 Reasons Why Your Child Needs Music Education

Music is a valuable part of any well-rounded education. While many studies on music’s benefits focus on their association with higher SAT scores in college or student involvement in middle school, the perks of a music education can actually begin much earlier. Students in elementary school exhibit a broad range of benefits from access to an early music education. From math and science to reading and beyond, children perform better in nearly every area when…

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The UMass Lowell String Project

The UMass Lowell String Project is one of the best music education programs in the local area, so if you have a child who loves music, you should check it out! Read on for some FAQ’s that will help you learn more about this wonderful initiative. What is String Project? The String Project mainly teaches students how to play string instruments, but they learn so much more along the way. Students discover how music can…

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Music Ed Methods: Feierabend

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. In my last post of the series, I will talk about Feierabend. 1. Creator John Martin Feierabend (born November 29, 1952) is an American music education researcher, pedagogue and author. He is currently the Director of Music Education for the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. Feierabend actually created two music…

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Music Ed Methods: Suzuki

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. Today I will talk about the Suzuki method. 1. Creator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) was an accomplished Japanese violinist and educator. During his lifetime, he played for the Imperial Court of Japan was president of the Teikoku Music School. He developed his method by observing that children are able to learn their mother tongue…

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The Treble Chorus of New England

I sang with the Treble Chorus of New England (TCNE) for 6 years, and it was easily one of the best musical experiences of my life. You will not find a kinder, friendlier, or more welcoming group of children and young adults than I found when I joined the chorus. In my time at TCNE, not only did I vastly improve my musicianship, singing, and language skills, but I also grew socially surrounded by a…

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Music Ed Methods: Orff

In this series of music education posts, I would like to introduce you to the most popular methods for teaching music. Next up: the Orff method! 1. Creator Carl Orff (1895-1982) was a German composer, conductor, and educator who is perhaps best known for his famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana.” He composed this piece while serving as music director of the school he co-founded in Munich. He came up with his ideas based on his belief…

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Importance of Fine Arts Programs

In recent years, subjects like math and science have been pushed as being most important in school and society. This trend is increasingly reflected in the decisions of college students choosing their majors, but also in the decision making process of elementary and middle school students. More than 80% of US school districts have seen their funding slashed since 2008, and fine arts disciplines such as music, art, and foreign language are almost always the first…

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